Louis Pasteur, a vaccine, and fake numbers; a familiar tale

by David Major

Some creative number-crunching that worked like a charm in the 1880s is being used again.

When his new rabies vaccine was killing too many people, Louis Pasteur moved the goalposts, by declaring that for 15 days after being injected, people were counted as ‘unvaccinated’; thus removing an important subset of cases from the statistics.

The same trick is being played out today, allowing the myth of the ‘epidemic of the unvaccinated’ to be spread by a compliant media.