Robert Kennedy Jr. has confirmed to multiple media outlets that President-elect Donald Trump has tasked him with chairing a commission on vaccine safety, after a meeting at Trump Tower in NY. By creating a commission on vaccine safety and appointing Kennedy to lead it, many fear Trump could further spark public mistrust in vaccines.
Kennedy, Jr. said he accepted the post, which Trump has yet to confirm.
"President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it", Kennedy told NBC News. "And we ought to be reading the science, and we ought to be debating the science".
Today, President-elect Donald Trump met with a backer of the false idea that vaccines may be behind the rise in autism diagnoses.
Those views go against the conclusion of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reviewed concerns linking vaccines to the development of autism.
Trump tweeted regularly about his largely unfounded misgivings about vaccines between 2012 and 2014.
Kennedy believes that vaccines cause autism, and that that US government is actively covering up the link between the mercury in vaccines and mental disability.
In April 2015, Kennedy used the word "holocaust" in reference to millions of kids supposedly injured by vaccinations, although he later apologized for invoking the word, noted The Associated Press. "Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease for a longer period of time; it does not make vaccinating safer", the AAP statement reads.
Neither Trump nor Kennedy are expressly pro-vaccine, though.
This is not the first time that Trump has entertained the completely whackadoodle, fringe anti-vaccine movement.
If Trump is espousing vaccine skepticism as president, that's going to put his fellow Republicans - and medical professionals - in an uneasy position. "The results showed that the total amount of antigen from vaccines received was the same between children with ASD and those that did not have ASD". He did not supply evidence for that claim.
I am being proven right about massive vaccinations-the doctors lied.
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