A German biologist Stefan Lanka, who offered €100,000 to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus has been allowed to keep his money by the country’s Supreme Court, fuelling a debate about whether measles vaccines are justified.
The €100,000 reward was claimed by German doctor David Barden, who collected evidence from various medical studies.
Barden won in the first instance, but lost in the appeals court when it ruled that none of the six studies he presented did, in fact, establish that the measles virus exists.
Barden went to Germany’s highest court in Karlsruhe, which last week, which allowed the ruling that there is insufficient proof that the measles virus exists stands.
The case has been going on since 2015 when anti vaccine campaigner Lanka offered the reward to debunk a Big Pharma conspiracy theory.
Scare mongering about a non existent measles virus has been used to justify large scale vaccination campaigns with potentially harmful side effects.
Anti vaccine campaigner Lanka has questioned measle vaccine safety and usefulness. He started the case to demonstrate extent to which modern science has become an ideology, bereft of solid factual basis.
The Karlsrule court verdict that there is insufficient proof that a measles virus exists is now considered final.
The German government has even floated plans to make vaccinations against measles compulsory.