In the week that marked the 20th anniversary of Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent paper falsely linking the measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism, global health leaders reflected on its legacy. Seth Berkley explained how fear of vaccines can increase as disease rates fall, and Heidi Larson discussed how governments must regain social trust to make measles eradication possible. Vox highlighted the part played by the media in propagating public panic around the paper.
In the US, Forbes asked what CDC budget cuts mean for infectious disease, yellow fever cases climbed in Brazil, and Seth Berkley debunked five myths about outbreaks. As vaccine advocate Minda Dentler called for vigilance to end polio for good, STAT also remembered Albert Sabin, inventor of the oral polio vaccine, on the 25th anniversary of his death.
And finally, as discussions continued about digital identity and health, Gavi launched a call for new innovations to register vaccinations and support the early health of the 1/3 of children worldwide who don’t officially exist.