Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a noted vaccination skeptic, will chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity at the request of President-elect Donald Trump, the political scion said Tuesday.
Kennedy, following a meeting with Trump inside Trump Tower, told reporters that the point of the commission would to be “to make sure we have scientific integrity in the vaccine process for efficacy and safety effects.”
“President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it,” Kennedy explained. “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.”
“Everybody ought to be able to be assured that the vaccines that we have, he’s very pro-vaccine, as am I, are as safe as they possibly can be,” added Kennedy, who himself had his children vaccinated.
Kennedy said that Trump requested the meeting, during which the pair discussed “vaccines and immunizations,” incoming press secretary Sean Spicer said.
Kennedy, the son of the late Robert Kennedy and the nephew of the late John F. Kennedy, has in recent years emerged as one of the most prominent voices in the movement casting suspicion on vaccinations for young children.