Is Trump’s investigation of vaccine-dangers dead?
From fiercepharma.com: “…antivaccine activists were disappointed with Trump’s appointment for FDA head, Scott Gottlieb, who has said any theories of a link between vaccines and autism have been ‘thoroughly debunked’.”
Trump’s second key appointment has now been revealed. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald takes over as the head of the CDC.Georgia Department of Public Health: “’Immunizations are the best way to protect infants and children from childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles that can be life-threatening at young ages’,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health [before her appointment to lead the CDC].
“It is critical for parents to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure they are up-to-date on immunizations, because no child should have to suffer a vaccine-preventable illness’.”
In 2014, Dr. Fitzgerald wrote an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I’ve heard all the arguments against vaccination. All have been debunked…”
Is Trump, who has declared he believes there is a link between vaccination and autism, playing a secret game? Is he giving his new appointees enough rope to hang themselves, before he moves in and empowers an independent panel to investigate vaccine-dangers? We’ll see.
However, if other key appointees Trump has moved into important slots in his administration are any indication—with their leaking, their out of school statements, their former employment at Goldman Sachs, their bias in favor of extending American Empire and policing the planet—the whole issue of vaccination could be off the table.
Does Trump want yet another media war, this time over vaccines? If he does, for example, as rumored, tap Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to head up a probe into corruption and fraud at the CDC re childhood vaccination, mainstream news networks will erupt in a new round of furor. Pharmaceutical companies, which pour mighty amounts of advertising dollars into those networks, will demand volcanic attacks against Trump.For the moment, vaccine makers are relieved to see the president has filled two key posts with defenders of their toxic realm.
Jan 10, 2017… Trump puts RFK Jr – who has railed against a vaccine ‘holocaust’ – in charge of new commission on vaccine safety
- President-elect Donald Trump invited Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to meet at Trump Tower
- He is placing Kennedy, the son of RFK and nephew of President Kennedy, in charge of a new commission on ‘vaccine safety and scientific integrity’
- Says he is ‘very pro-vaccine’ but wants to make sure they are ‘as safe as they possibly can be’
- Kennedy has spoken of an unproven link between vaccines and autism
- Trump has repeatedly linked vaccines to autism in his remarks and tweets
- RFK becomes the first Democrat to accept a Trump-appointed role
President-elect Donald Trump has tapped a Kennedy – and a vaccine skeptic – to run a new commission on the safety of vaccines.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revealed his new role after a meeting at Trump Tower on Tuesday.
He said Trump had asked him to head a commission on ‘vaccine safety and scientific integrity’ and that he had agreed to do so.
Both Trump and Kennedy have have raised suspicions about vaccines despite their overwhelming support among scientists and physicians as a way to prevent the spread of deadly diseases that can infect infants and other children when the pool of protected people is diminished.
Kennedy said the purpose would be ‘to make sure we have scientific integrity in the vaccine process for efficacy and safety effects.’
The vaccine skeptic is the most prominent Democrat to accept an assignment from President-elect Trump
‘President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it,’ Kennedy told reporters Tuesday. See video
‘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,’ Kennedy added.
‘And that everybody ought to be able to be assured that the vaccines that we have – he’s very pro-vaccine, as am I – but they’re as safe as they possibly can be.’
Kennedy last year said vaccines were causing a ‘holocaust’ among children – he later apologized for using the loaded term.
Kennedy’s appointment marries vaccine skeptics on the left and right, notwithstanding the widespread scientific consensus on the benefit of vaccine use on a population.
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. Many such cases!’ he wrote.
In another 2014 tweet, he wrote: ‘Lots of autism and vaccine response. Stop these massive doses immediately. Go back to single, spread out shots! What do we have to lose.’