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Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe

The film comes across as an infomercial by way of a conspiracy theory for a discredited argument

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Remember the British doctor Andrew Wakefield who, in 1998, kicked up the “could childhood vaccines cause autism?” argument with a study that was later redacted? He’s back, and directing his documentary about himself and a handful of folks who believe that the Centers for Disease Control intentionally covered up data that proved his theories. The film presents various graphs and harder-to-follow analyses of statistical data along with anecdotal material from parents of autistic children. There is also material from a CDC whistleblower via telephone calls that were secretly taped. It’s a film that’s unlikely to change anybody’s mind — it looks cheap, and comes across as an infomercial by way of a conspiracy theory for a discredited argument.


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