Anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield disinvited to Oregon

Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study linking vaccines to autism was retracted and discredited

FILE - In this May 26, 2010 file photo, Dr. Andrew Wakefield addresses a gathering hosted by the American Rally For Personal Rights in Chicago's Grant Park. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogas, File)
FILE - In this May 26, 2010 file photo, Dr. Andrew Wakefield addresses a gathering hosted by the American Rally For Personal Rights in Chicago's Grant Park. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogas, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — An Oregon Senate committee disinvited Dr. Andrew Wakefield to a panel discussion about immunization, KOIN 6 News has learned.

The British researcher, whose now-discredited 1998 study linked autism to a childhood vaccine, was scheduled to appear along with five others in a pro-con panel about immunizations.

But his now-retracted study was declared an “elaborate fraud” by the British medical journal BMJ, CNN reported.  BMJ concluded “the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was ‘no doubt’ Wakefield was responsible.”

The Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care originally scheduled the six-person panel discussion for March 9.

After calls from KOIN 6 News, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, the chair of the Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care, then said Wakefield — and all the other panelists — were disinvited. That March 9 meeting will now be a regular work session.

Wakefield was going to be hosted by lobbyists, including Dr. Vern Saboe of Albany.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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