There’s a growing and potentially catastrophic threat to the future of public health - the anti-vaccine movement.

Twenty years ago, former British doctor Andrew Wakefield made fraudulent claims that vaccines were dangerous and harmful, sparking a dangerous conspiracy. Campaigners claim that vaccines are unsafe, and the cause of a health catastrophe. Scientific research doesn’t back them up. Scientists have worked tirelessly for decades to disprove the message, but in an internet age of anti-experts, anti-science and mutating misinformation, the conspiracy not only persists, it is reaching around the globe. Vaccine Wars investigates just how the ‘anti-vax’ message has spread, what gives it currency and who may be benefiting. 

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As four European nations, including the UK, lose their measles-free status and cases surge worldwide, the World Health Organisation has labelled ‘vaccine hesitancy’ one of the top ten threats to global health. Vaccine Wars examines the arguments of those who campaign against vaccines, and hears from people at the heart of the alleged conspiracies.

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Narrated by

SASKIA REEVES

Director of Photography

JAY DACEY

Additional Camera

VIRENDRA KHANNA

TIM SUTTON

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WHO

Dr. Sam Martin and Prof. Heidi Larson

The Vaccine Confidence Project, LSHTM

Colourist

MARTY WEBB

Online Editor

IAN MANDER

Dubbing Mixer

STEPHEN O’TOOLE

Fixers

NEELIMA GOEL

LAURE FOURQUET

Archive Producers

STUART ROBERTSON

KATE REDMAN

Digital Technician

SHANE FENNELLY

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HARRY BARKER

LIAM KENNY

Production Management Assistant

ATHENA ZAPHIRI

Production Coordinators

WENDY CLARKE

GABRIELLE WAKEFIELD

Production Manager

SUSAN GRANDISON

Assistant Producer

SAMUEL DOWSON-COLLINS

Film Editor

AYANDELE ALEX PASCALL

Produced & Directed by

VICTORIA JAMES

Executive Producer

MIKE RADFORD

BBC Current Affairs Television

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