Trump asks vaccine skeptic to lead commission on vaccination safety – The Hill
Kennedy told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan about the forthcoming position after a meeting with the president-elect.
“He asked me to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity … I said I would,” he 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.”
He added that Trump called him to request the meeting and that he wants to ensure that vaccines are “as safe as they possibly can be.”
Kennedy, son of the famous attorney general and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, is a vocal critic of vaccines and regularly expresses concerns that certain preservatives in vaccines could cause developmental disorders or other negative side effects.
Yet, the belief remains on the fringes of both the political left and right, boosted by some prominent celebrities.
He went on to clarify his stance during a September 2015 GOP primary debate, where he said that he is “totally in favor of vaccines … in smaller doses over a long period of time.” But he did note that autism is an “epidemic” and retold another story of a toddler allegedly developing autism after being vaccinated.
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