Exclusive Q&A: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Trump’s proposed vaccine commission
ScienceInsider: What happened in the meeting?
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: It was an hour meeting and the vice president elect came in to the last 15 minutes. The meeting was with [Trump] and Kellyanne Conway [recently appointed Counselor to the President].
Did the President-elect request the meeting or did you?
He called me a week ago to request it.
He wants to make sure that we have the best vaccine science and the safest vaccine supply that we can have.
Did the President-elect indicate that he doesn’t believe that to be the case at the moment?
He is troubled by questions of the links between certain vaccines and the epidemic of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism. And he has a number – he told me five – friends, he talked about each one of them, who has the same story of a child, a perfectly healthy child who went into a wellness visit around age 2, got a battery of vaccines, spiked a fever and then developed a suite of deficits in the 3 months following the vaccine.
He said that he understood that anecdote was not science, but said that if there’s enough anecdotal evidence… that we’d be arrogant to dismiss it. Those were his words.
Was there a particular vaccine he felt was culpable?
He doesn’t know whether it’s the schedule or the sheer number of vaccines or the age at which they’re given or the ingredients.
Did the President-elect mention the CDC?
We talked a lot about CDC and ways to increase the independence from financial conflicts at CDC in the vaccine division.
You said that the commission is to delve into “vaccine safety and scientific integrity.” What is that second piece about?
To make sure that we’re getting good science out of CDC.
It’s all about CDC? It’s not about “scientific integrity” in chemistry or physics or basic biology or anywhere else?
Exactly. [CDC] is the locus of most of the most serious problems with the vaccine program, the two divisions at CDC: the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Immunization Safety Office which is where the scientists are.
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