Robert F Kennedy Jr, a leading voice in the anti-vaccine movement, says President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to chair a study on vaccine safety.
Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the pair met to discuss vaccines and immunisations. The eldest son of liberal icon Senator Robert Kennedy has long contended that some vaccines may cause autism, a claim that has been widely debunked. The president-elect has also expressed doubt about vaccinations. Mr Trump has previously tweeted about the issue, advocating for children to receive smaller doses of vaccines over a long period of time. “I am totally in favour of vaccines,” Mr Trump said in a 2015 Republican primary debate. “But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. Same exact amount, but you take this little beautiful baby, and you pump – I mean, it looks just like it’s meant for a horse, not for a child, and we’ve had so many instances, people that work for me. … [in which] a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back and a week later had a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.” Medical experts have overwhelmingly rejected any link between vaccines and autism, warning that promoting such a theory endangers public health. “I am totally in favour of vaccines,” Mr Trump said in a 2015 Republican primary debate.