The evidence-posted on the newspaper's blog section-was deleted within minutes. It included links to comments made by Julie Gerberding, then a director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that the CDC, US Health Resources Services Administration and the US Federal Court had all accepted that the vaccine can cause autism. The pressure group, Child Health Safety, had posted the links.
In 2009, The Guardian set up a joint collaboration with the British Medical Journal to present 'evidence-based' medical information. This year, the BMJ was forced to admit that it receives advertising and sponsorship money from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, both of which manufacture the MMR vaccine, following several pro-vaccine articles it had published.
WDDTY 22 no 7, October 2011