President-elect Donald Trump will meet with Robert Kennedy Jr., a prominent vaccine skeptic, on Tuesday.
Politico reports Robert Kennedy Jr. will be leading a commission on vaccine safety. There was and is no evidence to support this claim, but, thimerosal is no longer used in vaccines.
Naturally, this has many wondering what Trump thinks of vaccines. and what he plans to do about them when he enters the Oval Office.
In 2015, he said Congress was stalling on investigating links between autism and the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine because it was scared of Big Pharma, a trillion-dollar industry and the biggest employer of lobbyists.
More recently, during his presidential campaign, Trump said he advocates vaccines in smaller doses and over a longer period of time, which is what he did with his own children.
Kennedy told journalists that Trump had requested that he "chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity", and that he accepted. "He says 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". Even though the removal of the preservative from vaccines has not altered autism diagnosis rates, Kennedy has continued to argue that vaccines are unsafe.
"The study looked at the number of antigens (substances in vaccines that cause the body's immune system to produce disease-fighting antibodies) from vaccines during the first two years of life".
To pediatricians, there's nothing left to debate.
The American Academy of Pediatrics immediately issued a statement denouncing Trump's exaggerated timeline.
Public health agencies did suggest manufacturers eliminate or reduce the amount of thimerosal in vaccines and many have done so.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014 found that more than 732,000 children's lives had been saved in the last 20 years in the US thanks to routine vaccinations, and 332 million more were prevented from getting sick. That night they have a fever of 103.
Kennedy said he is in favor of vaccinations but wants to make sure "they are as safe as possible". "This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country".