Anti-Vax Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Will Chair Trump’s Vaccine Safety Panel

"WASHINGTON — Outspoken vaccine critic Robert Kennedy Jr. has accepted a position within Donald Trump’s administration as chair of a panel on vaccine safety and scientific integrity — the clearest sign yet of the president-elect’s suspicions about vaccines.

The offer, which came in a Tuesday meeting between Trump and the scion of America’s most prominent Democratic family, 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 research demonstrating that vaccines are safe.

After the meeting at Trump Tower in New York City, Kennedy told reporters that Trump has doubts and questions about current vaccine policies."

Sheila Kaplan and Dylan Scott report for Stat News January 10, 2017.


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Source: STAT, 01/11/2017