Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who related the MMR vaccine to autism, was paid a large amount of money to claim the vaccine was dangerous.
In 1998 the doctor published a study in which he said that the vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella caused autism in children. These revelations led to a significant drop in immunization rates.
However, years later in became clear that Dr. Wakefield’s study was financed by lawyers who were suing the manufacturer of the vaccine. The doctor was paid over £400,000 to start and popularize a campaign against the MMR vaccine claiming it was unsafe and caused autism.
According to journalists, the contact between Wakefield and the lawyers was established two years before the medic published his scandalous report in an established medical journal. As a result of the suggested link between autism and the MMR vaccine, immunization rates drop from 92 to 78.9% and a first death case caused by measles was registered in the UK in 14 years.