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How the scientific community united against Tribeca’s anti-vaccination film

“Within half an hour” of Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival posting on its Facebook page that it had scheduled an April viewing of Vaxxed, the highly controversial anti-vaccine documentary, “a well-oiled network of scientists, autism experts, vaccine advocacy groups, film-makers and sponsors cranked into gear to oppose it.”

At the center of the network was a “listserv group” email list of more than 100 prominent individuals and science research bodies run out of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) based in St Paul, Minnesota.

The “listserv” acts as an early warning system that sounds the alarm whenever the potent conspiracy theory that autism can be caused by vaccination surfaces yet again.

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