Trump names chair of vaccine commission to examine 'scientific integrity'

By Melissa Fassbender

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President-elect Donald Trump has asked noted vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to chair a commission to investigate vaccine safety.

As previously​ reported, US public health programs will use lower dose vaccine administered over longer periods from 2017 if Trump sticks to his proposal outlined last year – and all seems to be going according to plan with today’s most recent development.

According to video captured by The Washington Post​ outside of Trump Tower in New York, Robert Kennedy Jr. said the meeting “went very well​.”

He asked me to chair a commission on vaccines​,” the retired Marine Gen. told members of the press.

The commission will specifically examine vaccine safety and “scientific integrity​.”

Kennedy said that Trump has “some doubts​” about the current vaccine policies, which the president-elect has expressed openly in the past.

His doubts​ have been documented – making many wary of the appointment.

In conjunction with today’s news, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement​ emphasizing the safety and importance of vaccines.

“In response to news reports today suggesting a possible new federal commission on immunizations, the American Academy of Pediatrics reiterates that vaccines protect children's health and save lives,” the statement reads.

They prevent life-threatening diseases, including forms of cancer. Vaccines have been part of the fabric of our society for decades and are the most significant medical innovation of our time​.”

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