Peter Gøtzsche Silent on His Deputy Funding Medical Censorship Agency

You knew or ought to have known that your reporting in the Lancet paper of a temporal link between the syndrome you described and the MMR vaccination had major public health implications. – UK General Medical Council’s disciplinary findings against two doctors it ordered struck off.

Following his expulsion from Cochrane over his criticism of HPV vaccination, Dr. Peter Gøtzsche has founded his “Institute for Scientific Freedom” with himself as director. It’s just held its inaugural symposium. He lists two deputy directors of the new institute; one of them is Dr. Tom Jefferson who resigned from Cochrane in protest against Gøtzsche’s dismissal. Yet Jefferson continues to pay annual registration fees to the UK General Medical Council, even after it demanded two of his colleagues’ de-licensure for publishing critically about the MMR vaccine in the seminal 1998 autism-vaccine paper. Gøtzsche has not responded to Autism Investigated’s request for comment.

Jefferson may be riding Gøtzsche’s coattails to feign love of “scientific freedom,” but Jefferson has a history of doing anything but. In 2005, he coauthored a Cochrane Review determining that MMR was “unlikely” to cause autism conveniently published the month after the General Medical Council charged the two doctors. He even cited the fraudulent “retraction of an interpretation” by the paper’s 10 coauthors including one of the doctors charged.

Since then, he has refused an award from the National Vaccine Information Center because it also honored the lead author of the 1998 paper who lost his license for not cosigning the fraudulent statement. Jefferson has coauthored a letter with Gøtzsche to the European Ombudsman calling the 1998 research “fraudulent,” and convinced Gøtzsche to back out as keynote speaker of the just-held Physicians for Informed Consent conference with days’ notice. Initially, Gøtzsche had planned on using his keynote to pump the MMR vaccine. So his cancellation is for the best.

In the past months, Gøtzsche and Jefferson have raised over 200,000 Danish kroners (over $40,000 US) in crowdfunding on GoFundMe. They continue to raise money despite GoFundMe’s new policy of forbidding funding for anything critical of vaccines.

The “Institute for Scientific Freedom” is more like the Institute for Scientific Hypocrisy. Spend your money elsewhere.

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