Donations surge during Covid crisis for work by Prof Chris Exley, author of study linking vaccines and autism
A British academic who has promoted anti-vaccine misinformation has raised more than £150,000 through a university donations portal to support his research during the coronavirus crisis, the Guardian can reveal.
Given the public health damage done when anti-vaxer theories are academically published, it is irresponsible for research institutions to accept such funding. We support the principle of academic freedom. But that doesn’t give researchers carte blanche to put the rest of us at risk.
Health experts have strongly disputed the findings, including Prof Andrew Pollard, chair of the Oxford Vaccine Group, who has previously called the study’s conclusion “bad science”.
Exley, who calls himself Mr Aluminium on social media, encourages followers of his Instagram page to donate to research at his laboratory at Keele University through the university’s online portal. His studies have been shared tens of thousands of times on social media, often by people questioning the safety of vaccines.