In what is sure to open up a new front in the autism-vaccine wars, the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) has announced a major press conference on the steps of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims tomorrow, apparently to unveil results of an investigation linking vaccine injuries to autism. EBCALA claims that the information will "break new ground in the controversial autism-vaccine debate."
According to the group’s press release, the investigation found that there was a "substantial" number of children who have been compensated for vaccine injury who also had autism, contradicting previous claims and reports by the United States government.
Tomorrow (May 10, 2011) at 12 Noon EDT, investigators and families of vaccine-injured children plan to unveil the findings based on the government’s own data.
There is some major buzz being created about this press conference, but it remains to be seen if it will have any merit or if the mainstream media will even pick this event up. And there are already individuals and groups discounting the announcement, presumably as a preemptive measure. Regardless of what is disclosed, it is safe to assume that the autism-vaccine debate is once again going to get really ugly in the coming weeks.
Additionally, vaccine safety groups are still recovering from the Andrew Wakefield controversy earlier this year, so it will be interesting to see if tomorrow’s announcement will have any lasting impact.
You can read the EBCALA press release here and watch tomorrow’s press conference live and in real-time using the embedded video below.