Notable for his skepticism with regard to vaccines, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. -- the son of Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of John F. Kennedy -- agreed to serve in the coming Trump administration as the chairman of a commission to investigate vaccine safety. Kennedy confirmed the news while speaking to reporters today in the lobby of Trump Tower.
Kennedy said that Trump has doubts about vaccine policy. While he said that Trump’s opinion about vaccines “doesn’t matter,” but said that the science on vaccines does matter and that it should be debated.
Kennedy has long been a critic of vaccines, having said that preservatives in some vaccines may cause developmental disorders and other negative side effects. However, while Kennedy has said that a supposed connection between vaccination and autism is a veritable “holocaust,” science has not found direct links between vaccines and developmental such as autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that there is no such link between autism and vaccines.
Fringe websites, promoted by celebrities such as Kennedy, have fostered conspiracy theories about vaccines.
Trump has expressed concern over autism, which he has said is an “epidemic,” having once considered that there is a link between autism and vaccines. In a 2015 primary debate, he said that he is totally in favor of vaccines,” but “ in smaller doses over a long period of time."