Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a noted vaccine skeptic, has accepted President-elect Donald Trump's offer to chair a commission to investigate vaccine safety, Kennedy told reporters Tuesday, reports The Hill.
Kennedy told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan about the forthcoming position after a meeting with the president-elect.
"He asked me to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity ... I said I would," he said.
"President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it. 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."
He added that Trump called him to request the meeting and that he wants to ensure that vaccines are "as safe as they possibly can be."
Kennedy, son of the famous attorney general and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, is, according to The Hill, a vocal critic of vaccines and regularly expresses concerns that certain preservatives in vaccines could cause developmental disorders or other negative side effects.
The real question, of course, is: Why should government be involved in this question at all?
Let non-government funded independent research study this question. And those who want to take vaccines should be allowed to take them (and give them to their children) and those who don't want to shouldn't have to take them (Or make their children take them).