Elle Macpherson shocks by promoting anti-vax campaign

Marni Dixit
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Supermodel Elle Macpherson has shocked her fans by promoting an anti-vaccination campaign led by her boyfriend, Andrew Wakefield.

Elle reportedly took to the stage in front of an audience in North Carolina in the US to promote an anti-vax propaganda video, saying the coronavirus pandemic is a "divine time" to discuss the dangerous idea.

Elle Macpherson has revealed she's anti-vax after supporting her boyfriend Andrew Wakefield. Photo: Getty
Elle Macpherson has revealed she's anti-vax after supporting her boyfriend Andrew Wakefield. Photo: Getty

The Aussie supermodel’s boyfriend was struck off the medical register in the UK after linking autism to the MMR jab.

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In footage obtained by The Daily Mail, Elle says to Andrew at the event: “You made this film during COVID, and it’s interesting because it’s such beautiful, sacred timing when you watch the film, because it’s so pertinent and so relevant. … And for it to come in this divine time where vaccination and mandatory vaccination is on everybody’s lips.”

It's the first time Elle has acknowledged their relationship in public and endorsed his beliefs.

Elle added that she was "honoured" to be sharing the stage with Andrew, saying she first heard of him in 1998.

Fans have reacted on social media, telling Elle not to be "so irresponsible" and for promoting Andrew's message.

Andrew Wakefield was banned from practising medicine after presenting his notoriously false research where he claimed the measles vaccine leads to autism. Photo: Getty
Andrew Wakefield was banned from practising medicine after falsely claiming the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine leads to autism. Photo: Getty Images

After being banned from the medical world in the UK, Andrew moved to the US, where he gained fame as a filmmaker and anti-vax campaigner.

He has dismissed the coronavirus, which he refers to as the "WuFlu" after the city of Wuhan in China where the virus was first detected.

Andrew said at an online Health Freedom Summit the death toll of the virus had been "greatly exaggerated" and the effects of the pandemic were "based upon a fallacy".

Dr Tony O'Sullivan, a retired consultant paediatrician, told Daily Mail the spread of anti-vaccination "lies" during the coronavirus pandemic would lead to "the deaths of millions more".

"The anti-vaccination movement has never been more dangerous and pernicious than at this time of the pandemic," he said.'

"It is based on ignorance and selfishness. It is peddling lies about the safety of vaccinations and the purposes of them. Vaccinations are a hugely important public measure to keep people safe."

"I think people are entering dangerous waters when they have scant knowledge about vaccinations against science and dedicated scientists," he said of Elle's appearance alongside Andrew.

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