• Trump Meets With Vaccine Skeptic, Discusses 'Committee on Vaccine Safety'

    1 month ago - By The Atlantic

    Updated on January 10, 8:55 p.m. On Tuesday, Donald Trump met with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer and activist, who also happens to be an outspoken vaccine conspiracy theorist. After the meeting, Kennedy told reporters it went “very well,” and said that Trump “asked me to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity.” He also said that Trump called him to ask for the meeting. But Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump transition team, said in a statement that nothing is certain yet. “The President-elect enjoyed his discussion with Robert Kennedy Jr. on a...
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  • Why Donald Trump's Choice of RFK Jr. as Vaccine Czar Is a Terrible Idea

    1 month ago - By Time

    There's been a mesmerizing kind of destructive physics at play in the appointments Donald Trump has made since winning the White House. Just as a particle of matter and a particle of antimatter will destroy each other instantly on contact, so too can precisely the wrong person appointed to precisely the wrong position blow up the very purpose of the job that's supposed to be getting done.
    Department of Energy, meet former Governor Rick Perry, the man who once said he wanted to eliminate you entirely. Boom. Department of Health and Human services, meet Rep. Tom Price, who wants to throw out...
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  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Newly Appointed Vaccine Chair, Has A Dangerously Anti-Science View

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Newly Appointed Vaccine Chair, Has A Dangerously Anti-Science View

    1 month ago - By The Huffington Post

    President-elect Donald Trump made his previously vague stance on vaccines much clearer on Tuesday, when he invited vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to chair a panel on vaccine safety and scientific integrity.
    Like many people who speak out against current vaccination practices, Kennedy says he's fine with the concept of the shots but strongly opposes the use of thimerosal ― a preservative that hasn't been used in childhood vaccines in the U.S. since 2001.
    Kennedy's position against a scary-sounding chemical compound may seem measured, considering he has acknowledged that vaccines have...
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  • Anti-Vaccine Activist Says Trump Wants Him to Lead Panel on Immunization Safety

    1 month ago - By New York Times

    The vaccine skeptic, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., said Mr. Trump had asked him to lead the commission, though a spokeswoman said no final decisions had been made.
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  • Robert Kennedy Jr. says tapped by Trump to head vaccine safety review

    1 month ago - By Reuters

    CHICAGO - Vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he would chair a presidential panel to review vaccine safety and science at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's request, drawing fierce criticism from vaccine experts who fear such a panel would give credence to debunked theories tying childhood immunizations to autism.
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  • Vaccine critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says he will chair Trump's vaccine safety panel

    1 month ago - By STAT

    WASHINGTON - Outspoken vaccine critic Robert Kennedy Jr. said Tuesday that he had accepted a position in Donald Trump's administration as chair of a panel on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, in what would be the clearest sign yet of the president-elect's suspicions about vaccines.
    Kennedy's remarks followed his meeting with the president-elect at Trump Tower and immediately sparked outrage from scientists, pediatricians, and public health experts, who fear the incoming administration could give legitimacy to skeptics of childhood immunizations despite a huge body of scientific...
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  • What Trump can - and can't - do to change vaccine policy

    1 month ago - By STAT

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent doubter of the safety of vaccines, told reporters on Tuesday that he will chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity as part of Donald Trump's administration.
    The president-elect's spokeswoman issued a statement hours later saying “no decisions have been made” about “forming a committee on Autism.” But the news is already raising concern about what Trump, who has a long history of questioning vaccine safety , could do to undercut childhood vaccines.
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  • How Robert F. Kennedy Jr. distorted vaccine science

    1 month ago - By STAT

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Tuesday that he will head up a panel on vaccine safety for Donald Trump.
    The president-elect later walked that back, saying that he is “exploring the possibility” of forming a panel on autism, but “no decisions have been made.”
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