Trump Taps Robert Kennedy Jr. To Lead Commission on Vaccine Safety

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Anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with President-elect Donald Trump on January 10 at Trump Tower in New York City.

Trump's most notable comments on vaccine safety came during a 2015 Republican primary debate, in which he connected vaccines to the autism "epidemic".

The debunked claim about vaccines somehow causing autism goes back to a 1998 United Kingdom research study in the British medical journal Lancet, which was later retracted.

Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer disclosed the planned sit-down Tuesday morning on the Trump transition team's daily conference call, saying only that the pair would talk about "vaccines and immunizations".

Childhood vaccines have been falsely linked to autism in recent years, despite multiple scientific studies proving that incorrect.

Trump tweeted about vaccines in 2014: 'Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes - AUTISM.

Kennedy Jr. told reporters that he accepted Trump's offer, but did not provide further details on the commission. "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 I think you're going to see a big impact on autism".

President-elect Donald Trump continues to hold meetings at Trump Tower in NY, even as the January 20 inauguration draws near. Even though the removal of the preservative from vaccines has not altered autism diagnosis rates, Kennedy has continued to argue that vaccines are unsafe. "It is risky to public health to suggest otherwise".

"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". Kennedy has advocated that parents be allowed to seek non-medical exemptions to prevent their children from receiving vaccinations, which most states demand. Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease for a longer period of time; it does not make vaccinating safer. And he has alleged that government scientists, journalists and pharmaceutical companies have colluded to hide the truth from the public.

Kennedy said he agreed to chair the commission.

"They get the shot".