Trump Wants an Anti-Vaxx Kennedy to Chair a Commission on Vaccine Safety
Today, Donald Trump met with one of the largest and most recognizable proponents of the anti-vaccination movement, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The reason for this meeting is that Trump has asked Kennedy to chair a Presidential Commission on vaccine safety. Re-read that sentence. I’ll wait.
This furthers the speculation that the President-elect continues, like countless other anti-vaxxers, to believe a widely discredited theory that vaccines cause autism.
Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes - AUTISM. Many such cases!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2014
It’s important not to take medical advice from a sentient 1970’s hair piece who talks like a doge meme.
Trump has been pretty vocal about his wishy washy stance on vaccinations though. If you’ll recall during the 2015 debates, Trump relayed the following story:
We had so many instances, people that work for me, just the other day, 2 years old, a beautiful child, went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.
If you feel weird agreeing with Ben Carson, you’re not alone. I know I’m preaching to the choir here about how the debunked Wakefield (who has since been barred from practicing medicine in the UK after authorities concluded he had committed “professional misconduct”) study, which connected a link between vaccinations and autism, had been funded by attorneys for parents who were pursuing lawsuits against vaccine companies, but this is important. As President, Trump will have the authority to appoint a number of influential public health officials, including the Surgeon General, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the head of the Food and Drug Administration.
What’s not clear is how his views on this topic might influence his appointments or administration policies.
It is worth noting that Kennedy has been a supporter of nonmedical exemptions for parents who seek to prevent their children from being vaccinated, which is mandatory in most states. Furthermore, he has argued that a mercury-based additive, thimerosal, in vaccines explains the link to autism.
Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative that has been used for decades in the United States in multi-dose vials (vials containing more than one dose) of medicines and vaccines. There is no evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site. However, in July 1999, the Public Health Service agencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and vaccine manufacturers agreed that thimerosal should be reduced or eliminated in vaccines as a precautionary measure. - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone,” Kennedy said. “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”
The meeting of these two scientific minds should be exciting.