Donald Trump has appointed Robert Kennedy Jr, to lead a commission into ‘vaccine safety’. Kennedy Jr, is a vaccine skeptic.
Unlike the established view of the scientific, medical, and political community, Trump believes the increasingly discredited theory that there is a link between vaccination and autism. This view is shared by Kennedy, who has met Trump previously asking him to roll back vaccination laws.
Speaking to the press, Kennedy said, “President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies, and he has questions about it. His opinion doesn’t matter, but the science does matter, and we ought to be reading the science, and we ought to be debating the science.
“And that everybody ought to be able to be assured that the vaccines that we have — he’s very pro-vaccine, as am I — but they’re as safe as they possibly can be.”
Health officials have met the news with alarm who has said the position is dangerous.
Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute said, “That’s very frightening, it’s difficult to imagine anyone less qualified to serve on a commission for vaccine science.
“The science is clear: massive evidence showing no link between vaccines and autism and as both a scientist who develops vaccines for poverty-related neglected diseases and the father of an adult daughter with autism, there’s not even any plausibility for a link.
“Autism is a genetic condition. Our nation’s public health will suffer if this nascent neo-antivaxxer movement is not stopped immediately,”
Trump had always been skeptical about vaccines going back as far as 2012. He has used the term doctor inflicted autism before.
The role of the commission is not yet clear, but it is likely it will re-examine research and try to establish a link between autism and vaccines.