Toronto Star “did not give proper weight to science” in HPV vaccine article

So, the Toronto Star - normally a science savvy paper - published an article that linked the HPV vaccine with, well, lots of nasty stuff. Incorrectly as it turns out.

It’s not enough to just add in that line, wrote Julia Belluz on Vox.com. “The story was, at its core, a collection of unproven anecdotes that suggested, among other things, that dozens of women north of the border had been harmed or worse by the Gardasil HPV vaccine.”

Turns out that even the Toronto Star agrees that the article was - shall we be kind - misleading.

The Star presented the stories of women who have suffered greatly. The article was engaging, dramatic and might have created fear. But study after study has shown that there is no causal link between the events the Star reported and the vaccine. About 169 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been administered worldwide. In any given large population, there will be illness and death. This is a statistical fact. To attribute rare devastating occurrences to a vaccine requires evidence of causation, of which the international scientific community and the Star article have none.

So its nice that they took responsibility, but how did that article get published in the first place? The Star really did science a disservice.