Hedge fund manager and philanthropist Bernard Selz and his wife, Lisa Selz, have provided three-fourths of the funding for the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), an organization which has played a leading role in misinforming the public about vaccines and the diseases they prevent while also downplaying the risks of non- vaccination, according to The Washington Post.
Lisa Selz serves as the Selz Foundation’s president and is assisted by Del Bigtree, the foundation’s public face and chief executive.
Bigtree claims to be an expert on vaccine safety although he holds no medical credentials.
According to The Post, Bigtree believes that no one has died of measles in decades.
In the past, Bigtree has told reporters, “[that children] should be allowed to have the measles if they want the measles." He added that he would be “ecstatic” if his two unvaccinated children, ages 5 and 10, got sick.
Before the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine was created in 1963, three to four million Americans were infected each year, “with thousands developing complications that led to hospitalization or lifelong disability. Approximately 400 to 500 people died every year.”
ICAN received just over $1 million from the Selz Foundation in 2017 and has played a large role in misinforming the public about vaccines and the diseases they prevent while downplaying the risks of measles.
The New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot has said “the science is clear - the MMR vaccine prevents measles. Any suggestion to the contrary is a threat to the health and well-being of New Yorkers.”