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Top health official resigns over Italy’s “antiscientific” stance

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 03 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l50
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

The head of Italy’s national health technology body has resigned, accusing the government of ignoring scientific evidence on vaccines and sinking to the type of populist policy that has marked the government of Donald Trump in the US.

Walter Ricciardi, president of the National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanita), said that the antivaccine stance of the League and Five Star Movement coalition and its “unfounded” claims that immigrants spread diseases had made his position at the institute untenable.

In an interview with the national daily newspaper Corriere della Sera Ricciardi said that “representatives of the government have endorsed unscientific or frankly antiscientific positions on many issues.” His …

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