Bill Gates Says It's an Absolute Lie to Link Vaccines and AutismS

Dr. Wakefield's study once showed a link between vaccinations and autism. Too bad it was based on fraudulent data and "an absolute lie". Bill Gates has pledged 10 billion dollars to make it the "year of the vaccines".

Specifically, Gates' $10 billion will be spread over 10 years. In an interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta for CNN, Gates has some ideas on how to improve vaccination:

We have to do three things in parallel: Eradicate the few that fit that profile — ringworm and polio; get the coverage up for the vaccines we have; and then invent the vaccines — and we only need about six or seven more — and then you would have all the tools to reduce childhood death, reduce population growth, and everything — the stability, the environment — benefits from that.

As for the Jenny McCarthys of the world who stand against vaccines, well, he has some choice words for them as well.

"Well, Dr. Wakefield has been shown to have used absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits, he created a fake paper, the journal allowed it to run. All the other studies were done, showed no connection whatsoever again and again and again. So it's an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn't have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. It's a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important.

I'm with Bill. Check out the whole Bill Gates interview at CNN. [CNN]