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– ‘…The high-profile vaccine skeptic says the administration has turned over its policy decisions to pharma lobbyists…Kennedy put blame for his ostracism on the administration’s hiring of “pharmaceutical lobbyists who are very pro-vaccines” to run the Centers for Disease Control and other healthcare-related agencies”
Robert Kennedy Jr. – ‘The Trump White House Has Shut Me Out on Vaccines’
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said on Tuesday that the Trump administration had turned its back on vaccine skeptics, including himself, after initially expressing interest in creating a group to look into their safety.
“He told me that he wanted to create a vaccine safety commission and that he wanted me to chair it,” Kennedy said in response to a question at the Connecticut Vaccine Science Forum. “He asked me to announce it at a press conference, to the press at Trump tower and almost immediately I started feeling a lot of blowback within the administration.”
Kennedy said that at the beginning of the administration, he met with Trump, former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, senior adviser Jared Kushner, former senior advisor Steve Bannon and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway about setting up the commission.
“I was very optimistic about it,” he said, adding that he initially was given “high level meetings” with “agencies” and presented a powerpoint detailing his group’s belief that vaccines were harmful to children.
“We left convinced the White House was going to follow up and then the White House went dark,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy put blame for his ostracism on the administration’s hiring of “pharmaceutical lobbyists who are very pro-vaccines” to run the Centers for Disease Control and other healthcare-related agencies. “Policy, the president likes to say, policy is personnel, well, he put in those positions, personnel that represent the policies that he wants which is very, very pro-pharma agenda,” he said. “I’m sorry to report.”
One of Trump’s CDC directors, Brenda Fitzgerald, did have to abruptly resign from the post because her financial interests forced her to recuse herself from too many agency matters. The current head of the CDC, Robert R. Redfield, was a professor of medicine and microbiology before assuming that post. Neither have previously lobbied for pharmaceutical companies.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
Kennedy is one of the more public vaccine skeptics in the country. His group, Children’s Health Defense, believes there is a link between autism and childhood vaccines, particularly the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, despite the fact that studies have repeatedly shown that there is no such link.
In Trump, he believed he had a kindred spirit. In January 2017, Kennedy told reporters the president had requested to meet with him on the issue of vaccine safety.
“President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies, and he has questions about it,” Kennedy said at the time. “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.”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Spouts His Insane Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracy Theory in Measles Hot Zone
The activist testified against a bill being proposed in Washington to have any child in kindergarten and day care show proof of measles vaccination.
A hearing on a bill that would bar unvaccinated children from public schools and daycare in Washington state brought out hundreds of spectators, a panel of local doctors—and notorious, carpet-bagging anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
The Pacific Northwest is in the grips of a measles outbreak that has already sickened 52 people in Washington and four in Oregon, nearly all of them children. Health officials say the spread of the highly contagious disease—which had been all but eradicated in the United States—is being fueled by parents, sometimes with the approval of their doctors, who refuse to immunize their children.
In January, lawmakers in Olympia introduced a bill, HB1638, they hope will stem the growth of measles and other communicable diseases that can be prevented with vaccines.
Enter Kennedy, nephew of a U.S. president, attorney, author, and an environmental activist who believes vaccines are dangerous—he’s called them “a holocaust”—and that drug makers, the government, and the press are in cahoots to hide that.
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