The controversial new film "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe" claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) manipulated and hid data that links vaccines and autism.
The film features a "CDC whistleblower" who spoke to a senior CDC scientist who allegedly revealed that the CDC had suppressed mention of a correlation between vaccinations and autism in a CDC paper.
On "Fox and Friends" today, filmmaker Dr. Andrew Wakefield said the message of the movie is that there has been a huge cover-up at the CDC, and it has put millions of American children in harm's way.
Producer Polly Tommey, whose 20-year-old son Billy is autistic, said the film is important because she's convinced that her son's condition was caused by the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine, and there are many others like him.
"For every day that the media says vaccines do not cause autism, every day that injection is going into children, damaging more and more and more babies. It has to stop," Tommey said.
Wakefield said politics are undoubtedly involved in the debate surrounding vaccines and autism, which is why the film is generating so much controversy.
"We have tried to convey to people that this is not in any way an anti-vaccine movie," Wakefield said. "It is reporting upon a fraud in the CDC, the nation's foremost health agency ... It's about corruption."
The film made headlines last month after Robert De Niro decided to pull it from the Tribeca Film Festival.
Wakefield's position has been widely discredited by the scientific community and has been criticized for leading to a dangerous drop in MMR vaccinations, FoxNews.com reported.
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