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INFOWARS: HOW BIG PHARMA HIDES VACCINE DEATH

Adverse reactions can and do include death thanks to additives put in vaccines

Vaccine scientists and the public health community cautiously and occasionally will admit that vaccines can cause adverse reactions just like “any other medication or biological product.”


Although experts are less willing to openly disclose the fact that adverse reactions can and do include death, one has only to look at reports to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to see that mortality is a possible outcome. From 1990 through 2010, for example, VAERS received 1,881 reports of infant deaths following vaccination, representing  4.8% of the adverse events reported for infants over the 20-year period. Moreover, analysts acknowledge that VAERS, as a passive surveillance system, is subject to substantial underreporting. A federal government report from 2010 affirms that VAERS captures only about 1% of vaccine adverse reports.On the international frontier, the public health community—with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the vanguard—previously used a six-category framework to investigate and categorize serious adverse events following immunization (AEFI), including death. Guided by this tool, public health teams examined temporal criteria and possible alternative explanations to determine whether the relationship of an AEFI to vaccine administration was “very likely/certain,” “probable,” “possible,” “unlikely,” “unrelated,” or “unclassifiable.”

In 2013, the WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety discarded the prior tool, ostensibly because users “sometimes [found it] difficult to differentiate between ‘probable,’ ‘possible,’ and ‘unlikely’ categories.” The WHO enlisted vaccine experts to develop a “simpler” algorithm that would be more readily “applicable” to vaccines. The resulting four-category system now invites public health teams to classify an AEFI as either “consistent,” “inconsistent,” or “indeterminate” with a vaccine-related causal association or as “unclassifiable.” Despite the patina of logic suggested by the use of an algorithm, “the final outcome of the case investigation depends on the personal judgment of the assessor” [emphasis added], especially (according to the tool’s proponents) when the process “yields answers that are both consistent and inconsistent with a causal association to immunization.”

In a 2017 letter in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, Drs. Jacob Puliyel (an India-based pediatrician and member of India’s National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization) and Anant Phadke (an executive member of the All India Drug Action Network) raise important questions about the revised tool. They describe an Orwellian Catch-22 situation wherein it is nearly impossible to categorize post-vaccine deaths as vaccine-related. This is because the revised algorithm does not allow users to classify an AEFI as “consistent with causal association with vaccine” unless there is evidence showing that the vaccine caused a statistically significant increase in deaths during Phase III clinical trials. By definition, however, any vaccine not found to “retain safety” in Phase III trials cannot proceed to Phase IV (licensure and post-marketing surveillance). The result of the algorithm’s convoluted requirements is that any deaths that occur post-licensure become “coincidental” or “unclassifiable.”

Drs. Puliyel and Phadke describe what happened in India when the country’s National AEFI committee assessed 132 serious AEFI cases reported between 2012 and 2016, including 54 infant deaths that followed administration of a pentavalent all-in-one vaccine intended to protect recipients against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae type b infections. For babies who survived hospitalization, the committee classified three-fifths (47/78) of the AEFI as causally related to vaccines (with 47% of the incidents viewed as “product-related” and 13% as “error-related”), but they rated nearly all (52/54) of the deaths as either coincidental (54%) or unclassifiable (43%) despite mounting evidence that pentavalent and hexavalent vaccines are increasing the risk of sudden unexpected death in infants.

…doctors who “naïvely” accept biased reports on vaccine safety “are losing the trust of the public and in the process…endangering public health.

The absurdity and negligence inherent in the ultimately subjective WHO checklist have not escaped the attention of others in India and beyond. In a series of comments published in the journal Vaccine in response to the 2013 publication of the revised tool, commenters issued the following scathing remarks:

  • “Even if a healthy child dies within minutes following vaccination and there is no alternate explanation for the AEFI, even then the powers that be could easily declare that death as coincidental and not due to the vaccine, thanks to the new AEFI. This is dangerous ‘science’.”
  • “Amongst the 20 items of their checklist, no less than 15 (75%) are devoted to refute a vaccine-induced causality [emphasis in original]…. After all and as the authors confess with an astonishing ingenuousness, the main point is to ‘maintain public confidence in immunization programs.’”
  • “People understand that there are no true coincidences—only events that have been made to appear to be coincidental by either a genuine lack of understand[ing] of the overall facts leading to the ‘coincidence’ reported or by the deliberate suppression of the facts, including when…AEFIs that result in death are made to ‘disappear.’”
  • “It seems that huge business in [the] vaccine industry is affecting [the] science of vaccines and we are developing various ways to promote the business at the cost of human lives. …Going for a less sensitive tool for safety concerns is not only illogical but risky for the children of the world.”

Unfortunately, many vaccine proponents appear to be more concerned with forestalling “misconceptions” and “erroneous conclusions about cause and effect” than they are about preventing and identifying adverse events following vaccination. The result, as Dr. Puliyel argues, is that doctors who “naïvely” accept biased reports on vaccine safety “are losing the trust of the public and in the process…endangering public health.”

Send RFK Jr.’s Tucker Interview to Brenda Fitzgerald!

Above is the video of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s latest interview with Tucker Carlson. Please send the link to Brenda Fitzgerald to further emphasize that the side she has been on has been the side of lies! Also let her know who she is in good company with: idiot John Oliver, who said America didn’t want Trump to be president.

Now that Fitzgerald is CDC director she can be found on the CDC director’s Twitter handle: @CDCDirector.

So just tweet to her there – also be sure to include the #MAGA hashtag with it. That way, you can remind her that your vote contributed to her being CDC director. Ergo, she has an obligation to stop behaving like an utter liar. Also remind her that shutting down discussion of vaccines has become a lefty thing.

Since Autism Investigated’s previous request for readers to write her, Fitzgerald still has yet to take over the @CDCDirector account. We’re having an impact already! Our open letter also got some attention from Brad Reed of RawStory as well as from FiercePharma.

Also note from our friends at World Mercury Project:

RFK, Jr. on the Tucker Carlson show! SHARE! They discussed the shutting down of vaccine discussion in the media due to pharma financial influence, liability protection for vaccine mfrs., lack of vaccine safety science and more. Be sure to share your story and thank Tucker Carlson for discussing this important issue: comments@foxnewsinsider.com. For free updates, go to www.worldmercuryproject.org

BREAKING: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Back on Tucker Carlson Tonight!

From the World Mercury Project:

WATCH RFK, Jr. on Tucker Carlson Tonight! RFK, Jr. will be on the Tucker Carlson Show tonight at 8 p.m. EDT (Monday, July 10th). SHARE with friends! After the show, please thank Tucker Carlson for discussing this important issue: comments@foxnewsinsider.com. Sign up for free updates at www.worldmercuryproject.org

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will come on 40 minutes into tonight’s episode:

I will be on with tonight at 8:40 ET. Tune in!

Kennedy was on Tucker Carlson Tonight last April to discuss the vaccine safety commission proposed by President Trump. Unfortunately, the interview will not include discussion of the new CDC director. But maybe it will discuss John Oliver’s lizard-brained skit. Tune in and watch!

Write New Child-Poisoner-in-Chief Brenda Fitzgerald

Write Brenda Fitzgerald on Twitter to @CDCDirector and tell her how you feel about her being new child-poisoner-in-chief at CDC.

Here are some ideas:

Tell her about your vaccine-injured child.

Tell her about the criminality of her agency and how you now regard her to be the chief mafia boss.

Tell her how all the science shows vaccines cause autism

Tell her how their 14 “studies” or whatever bullshit they cite doesn’t count as science.

Tell her that Dr. Andrew Wakefield was exonerated by the journal The Lancet.

Tell her mercury is still in vaccines.

Tell her Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the most outspoken people against the cover-up by the vaccine program, even though his uncle signed it into existence.

Basically call her a liar, tell her the impact it has on children like yours and tell her you plan to make her job deservedly miserable. Also tell her that herd immunity is also a lie and that invoking it is basically telling people to sacrifice their children.

Just say anything you can think of so long as it’s not a physical threat. Also tell her that vaccines are inherently dangerous thanks to people like her. And also tell her that any benefit attributable to them was because of safety standards passed into law thanks to anti-vaccination activism.

Finally, tell her that the problem is and always will be vaccines. Their promoters, makers, sellers etc. totally lie about their risks and intentionally poison children for personal profit. As long as that is reality, you will never support vaccines. You could never be in favor of vaccines for moral reasons. And you will stand opposed to her as child-poisoner-in-chief for the duration of her tenure.

 

Do Not Tap Brenda Fitzgerald to Run CDC, President Trump!

Below is an open letter from the editor to President Trump urging him to rescind any consideration to appointing Georgia health commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald to CDC director.

Dear President Trump,

I was a huge supporter of you since before the primary contests. I supported you because you were miles ahead of all the other candidates in supporting vaccine safety.

So I was very disappointed to read the following from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

President Donald Trump is expected to tap the head of the Georgia Department of Public Health as the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to two administration sources.

This is unacceptable. That same person, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, wrote in that same paper three years ago this:

I’ve heard all the arguments against vaccination. All have been debunked, including the infamous 1980s study in Europe about a similar vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, and a supposed link – that we now know to be false – to autism, which shattered vaccine use in Europe. 

The lead author of that “infamous” study is who you met with last summer, Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Even the journal that retracted his paper know their basis for doing so is false.

If you want a genuine vaccine safety commission as you promised Robert F. Kennedy Jr., it will not work with federal agency heads all wanting to keep the status quo. You have already appointed someone to run the FDA who has testified that he will challenge you on vaccine safety. There was no major outcry then because, unlike CDC, FDA does not dictate federal vaccine policy.

The CDC policies, by contrast, influence mandatory state vaccination policies throughout the entire country. Its chief responsibilities include the conflicting positions of safety regulation and routine promotion. A senior scientist from the CDC has since come forward with allegations that he and his colleagues manipulated and hid research results. At the time, you tweeted:

Shortly before the election, the previous CDC director blocked the whistleblower who you said was proving you right about vaccines from testifying under oath in a deposition. Yet every indication suggests that the person you are reportedly considering for the role would do the same.

I understand the temptation to appoint establishment-friendly people as you seek Senate support to repeal Obamacare. But like Obamacare, the autism epidemic has also heaped tremendous healthcare costs on the American people. We will not eliminate the rising costs of Obamacare by accepting the rising cost of autism.

In a meeting you held with advocates, you were told that you were the only one who can fix the autism epidemic. You replied that you will. You also said in front of 23 million viewers that you would push for safer vaccinations and that you believed doing so would have a major impact on autism. Many people voted for you this past election because of that.

Now is your chance to fulfill your campaign promises. We appreciate that you have not backed down over your desire to put together a vaccine safety commission. Such a commission can only be effective, however, with federal health agency chiefs open to its policies. FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is already not open and neither would Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald be should you appoint her CDC director. Please withdraw any consideration of Dr. Fitzgerald. That way, we can truly end the autism epidemic and Make America Great Again!

Your supporter,

Jake Crosby, MPH

The New American Calls Bullshit on Measles Exploitation

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Measles Outbreak Prompts Outrage Against Anti-vaxers

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An outbreak of measles amongst a small unvaccinated population in Minnesota could spell trouble for the anti-vax community as it may prompt yet another push for forced vaccinations by vaccine advocates. The media is using the latest outbreak to criticize anti-vax groups and tout the “benefits” of vaccinations, despite the science that links vaccines to a number of long-term health issues.

In the United States, every child by the age of 18 is expected to receive a total of 69 doses of 16 different vaccines, most of which use controversial ingredients. Many parents of autistic children have concluded that these vaccines and the vaccination schedule utilized in the United States play a role in the rise of autism and have sounded the alarm for other parents to think twice before administering vaccines to their children. Unfortunately, those skeptics then become prime targets whenever there is an outbreak of a disease for which a vaccine exists.

On May 8, for example, CNN reported that of the 48 confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota, 41 are Somali-Americans who “bought into the fears that vaccines cause autism, and thus eschewed getting vaccines for their children.” CNN cites Kristen Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division at the Minnesota Department of Health, who claims that the Somali-Americans fell prey to the anti-vaccine groups that targeted them after it was discovered in 2008 that a disproportionate number of Somali children were receiving special education for autism. According to the Washington Post, a University of Minnesota study found that Somali children were about as likely as white children to be identified with autism, although they were more likely to have intellectual disabilities.

Ehresmann added, “I want to be very clear that this outbreak has nothing to do with being Somali. It’s just the sheer fact of being unvaccinated.”

In its overzealous effort to defend vaccines, CNN cited a pro-vaccine expert whose claims seem to undermine assertions that vaccines and autism have no relationship. Michael Osterholm, regents professor and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and a former state epidemiologist for Minnesota, said, “Between 2000 and roughly 2008, the Somali community in Minnesota actually had some of the highest vaccination rates for 2-year-olds of any population in the state.”

As observed by Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC),

The truth is, nobody knows how many vaccine victims there are in America, how many of the 1 in 6 learning disabled children; or the 1 in 9 with asthma; or the 1 in 100 who develop autism; or the 1 in 450 who become diabetic, can trace their chronic inflammation, disease and disability back to vaccine reactions that have been dismissed by public health officials and doctors for the past century as just “a coincidence.”

And even when scientists are forced to confront the data, they simply dismiss it on the grounds that there is not enough evidence to establish a “causal” relationship.

But sadly, it seems the scientific community is not interested in conducting any studies that might establish a causal relationship. According to public testimony of Dr. Heather Rice at the Vermont Department of Health, “No true prospective, randomized and controlled study of health outcomes of vaccinated people versus unvaccinated has ever been conducted by the U.S. by CDC or any other agency in the 50 years or more of an accelerating schedule of vaccinations.”

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says measles “is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.” But if the pro-vaccine community is confident in the effectiveness of vaccinations, then they should have no fears of contraction.

And whether the CDC can even be considered a trustworthy entity is another issue. According to a controversial 2016 film directed by autism advocate Dr. Andrew Wakefield entitled Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe, the CDC was behind a major cover-up of the MMR vaccine’s connection to autism. The documentary is based on revelations by CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson, a former senior scientist at the CDC who admits that the organization destroyed evidence linking the MMR vaccination to autism.

But while Thompson’s revelations were groundbreaking, the mainstream media virtually staged an all-out blackout. Instead, it waits for stories of “measles outbreaks” to launch a media firestorm.

“Anti-vaccine groups blamed in Minnesota measles outbreak,” CNN reports. “Measles outbreak in Minnesota caused by vaccine skeptics,” an NBC News headline reads. “Unfounded autism fears are fueling Minnesota’s measles outbreak,” NPR opines. And a Fox News headline reads, “Minnesota measles outbreak: Officials say Somali families ‘targeted with misinformation.’” When it comes to vaccinations, all mainstream media outlets seem to be on the same side.

Perhaps that “bipartisan” approach to this subject is because the mainstream media is virtually owned by the pharmaceutical industry. According to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the chairman of the World Mercury Project, which seeks a global ban on mercury, the press has been “coopted” by the pharmaceutical industry. Big Pharma, he says, is the single largest contributor to advertising revenue to network news divisions, at approximately $5.4 billion per year.

“A network news broadcast these days … is just a vehicle for selling pharmaceutical products,” Kennedy asserts.

In fact, it was the media’s silence on the CDC whistleblower that inspired Del Bigtree, an Emmy award-winning medical journalist, to produce Vaxxed:

I want the media to be held accountable for the weeks and weeks of covering a measles outbreak at Disneyland, terrifying people when only 644 people were affected. That’s .000002% of the people in this country, which effectively translates to zero, when one in 45 kids is now diagnosed with autism. I’d like the media to explain why it won’t cover the story of a top CDC scientist who admits they committed fraud on the MMR study when they discovered a causal link between the vaccine and autism, a disease that is accelerating so fast it could spell the end of our society. If that’s not a story, what is?

Thompson’s revelations did garner the attention of Florida Republican Congressman Bill Posey, who called on Congress to conduct a formal investigation into the allegations against the CDC in July 2015:

I believe it’s our duty to ensure that the documents that Dr. Thompson provided are not ignored. Therefore I will provide them to members of Congress and the house committees upon request. Considering the nature of the whistleblower’s documents, as well as the involvement of the CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted. So, I ask Mr. Speaker, I beg, I implore my colleagues on the appropriations committees to please, please take such action.

Unfortunately, Posey’s request fell on deaf ears, while media portrayal of the Minnesota measles outbreak does not. 

Related: ALL MMR VAX BACKERS CAUSE AUTISM AND MEASLES

FAKE NEWS: FOUR VACCINE LIES FROM SCIENCE MAGAZINE

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Science Magazine is fake science news and lies routinely about vaccine safety like the rest of the damn mainstream media and major science journals. Here’s four examples from their dishonest post “Four vaccine myths and where they come from” by one of their hired liars Lindzi Wessel. Autism Investigated will not refute all the lies because there are too many, just the major ones below.

“False: Vaccinations can cause autism”

Citing further concerns about ethics and misrepresentation, The Lancet retracted the paper in 2010. Shortly after, the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council permanently pulled Wakefield’s medical license.

The truth is, all those findings against Wakefield and his paper were completely overturned in a court decision that said the GMC used “faulty reasoning” and came to “wrong conclusion”(s). Even The Lancet acknowledges this.

[Brian] Hooker reanalyzed the data in 2014 and claimed CDC had hidden evidence that the vaccine could increase autism risk in black boys. In fact, CDC noted in the paper that rates of vaccination in the oldest age group were slightly higher in kids with autism.

Wait, what about for black kids? The CDC didn’t cover up effects for race because they reported effects for age? That’s a logical conclusion to draw, according to Science Magazine?

“False: Mercury in vaccines acts as a neurotoxin”

Science Magazine completely dismisses Kennedy’s damning Deadly Immunity article of mercury in childhood vaccinations. The excuse was the ghostwritten retraction by the pedophile-defending Salon.com site. Science never went into the details of the retraction because it would show it to be worthless.

Science Magazine continued:

In 2001, well before Kennedy’s article or his related book, thimerosal was removed from all childhood vaccines in the United States except multidose vials of flu vaccine.

What it left out was that in 2004 those flu vaccines were recommended for pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy, which has since been linked to autism. It then went on to characterize autism declining post-thimerosal removal in Denmark as a “misinterpretation of epidemiogical data.” Actually, it’s seen in a graph of epidemiological data:

“False: Mercury in vaccines acts as a neurotoxin”

Remarkably, this entire section didn’t focus on work of any other doctor or scientist. It was merely an attack on the physician-son team Dr. Mark and David Geier, taking as gospel smears from the Institute of Medicine and the Maryland Board of Physicians. The Institute of Medicine was revealed in Kennedy’s own article as coming to a foregone conclusion about thimerosal being safe, and being paid to do so. The Maryland Board of Physicians was successfully sued by the Geiers for intentionally violating their confidentiality. Dr. Geier has also responded to the allegations publicly.

Will Science condemn hormones and genital mutilation for “transgender” autists and acknowledge that there are only two genders? Doubtful.

“False: Spreading out vaccines can be safer for kids”

This section is entirely based on the talking points of millionaire vaccine industrialist Paul Offit. He is not only conflicted, but is also an unhinged maniac who said children can safely receive 10,000 vaccines at once. There is no comparison between a vaccine which contains loads of toxic ingredients injected directly into the body and antigens blocked by the human body’s natural defenses.

There is no room for the benefit of the doubt with Lindzi Wessel and Science Magazine. They are simply lying, along with the rest of the mainstream fake news.

Please form that vaccine safety commission soon, President Trump. We need it now more than ever.

UPDATE: Autism Investigated Video!

ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. DISCUSSES PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VACCINE SAFETY COMMISSION WITH TUCKER CARLSON

RFK, Jr: My meeting with Trump on vaccine commission

Apr. 20, 2017 – 5:35 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. details his meeting with the president about the possibility of forming a vaccine commission #Tucker

Please like the video on YouTube and leave a comment thanking Tucker Carlson for having Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on his show to talk about vaccine safety and risks.

Select viewer responses already:

THANKYOU TUCKER CARLSON! I AM YOUR MOST LOYAL FAN NOW THANKYOU FOR COVERING THIS THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!!!!!! Everyone needs to call congress demand they subpoena Dr.Thompson CDC whistleblower. –Kathryn umidont

THANK YOU SO MUCH ! THANK YOU SO MUCH ! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤Expressed Rights

This is all the evidence we need to confirm vaccines can and do cause autism. There’s also hundreds of PubMed studies and science papers linking vaccines to autism. “Triplets Regress into Autism ALL ON THE SAME DAY — Genetics Could Not Do This!” https://steemit.com/vaccines/@canadian-coconut/triplets-regress-into-autism-all-on-the-same-day-genetics-could-not-do-this-vaxxed-story All three babies. Seven years after the vaccine damage the parents found out that the vaccine was contaminated and had killed another child but the vaccine was not removed and the death kept quiet. The parents are not allowed to sue the vaccine company. The doctor refused to send in the paperwork at the time so they cannot be compensated by the Government vaccine court. –Ima Skeptic

yes please, investigate them, AT LEAST…-KaosReigns

Thank you!. I REFUSE VACCINES BECAUSE OF THIS! THIS IS SO LONG OVERDUE!! –dgmoocher D R

This is a huge issue, and it needs to be brought out into the Light. Thank you, Tucker for being a responsible intelligent journalist; and encouraging people question the lies being told to them. –Will R.C.

As a father of four, this is a concern that always lingers. If you ask legitimate questions or express any concern, it is as if you are a cop named Kim Jong who just drove your gas guzzler from the dolphin killing convention to melt ice and shoot a black polar bear with his hands up. Why should concern for your child’s health ever be this way? –Mark Aaron Murnahan

InfoWars Press Conference Coverage Round-Up

RFK JR: TRUMP SAYS HE WILL NOT BACK DOWN FROM PHARMA ON VACCINE SAFETY
Highlights from the Kennedy, DeNiro press conference on vaccine safety
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Autism Investigated Note: Alex Jones’ InfoWars has done excellent coverage of the vaccine safety issue, the election and President Trump, unlike fake news media. Below are some recent videos from their report on Robert De Niro and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s press conference in Washington D.C. Autism Investigated plans to publicize future reports from InfoWars and Alex Jones as they are released.

From the Q & A of the Kennedy, DeNiro press conference, Robert F Kennedy Jr. relays the meetings and phone calls he has had with president Donald Trump over creating a vaccine safety commission.

 

Full Press Conference: Robert De Niro & Robert F Kennedy Jr. Offer $100k Vaccine Challenge

Robert De Niro and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. held a press conference in Washington D.C. to offer $100k to anyone who can prove that mercury in vaccines is safe to administer to children.

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Robert De Niro: “Anti-Vax” Attack is “Baloney”

Autism Investigated Note: Without the anti-vaccination movements of the 19th and early 20th centuries introducing such novelties as federal safety standards and recognition of basic human rights that health boards must respect, the later successes attributed to vaccination would have been impossible.

Sharyl: Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. briefed members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Pushing them to investigate an untouchable subject: the safety of vaccines. Kennedy is going against the grain of the government and medical establishment, which have long insisted there’s no scientific reason to be concerned about vaccine side effects. Earlier, he held a news conference alongside a diverse group of vaccine safety advocates. He says the Trump transition team contacted him with the idea of forming an independent scientific commission on vaccine safety.

Sharyl: Kennedy personally met with Trump last month. But after Kennedy talked to the press about it he says the Trump administration walked back the plan.

Kennedy: I’ve been contacted three times by the administration since then. And they tell me that they’re still going forward with a commission. But all I can say is to tell you what the president told me. He specifically told me that he knew that the pharmaceutical industry was going to cause an uproar about this and was gonna try to make him back down and he said “I’m not gonna back down.” They tried during the campaign and I didn’t back down then, and I’m not gonna back down. But I can’t tell you what will happen.

Sharyl: After the news conference I spoke with Robert De Niro who has a teenage son with a neurodevelopmental disorder.

Sharyl: Can you review what got you interested in this issue?

Robert De Niro: Well, I mean I never was really that aware though other than my own son was in the spectrum and didn’t even really think much about even why he was that way. But as time went on I realized in talking to my wife she said “no, he was like this” and there was a period I wasn’t there when he was just born and she said he was very alert, and if I know anything I know her knowing our son. I know him so well myself but she knows certain other things that I felt she might be right.

Sharyl: Can you give me just a short paragraph or two on your son?

De Niro: He’s almost 19 and he’s a wonderful kid, got a great sense of humor. In many ways I feel very lucky that he is so articulate in certain ways but definitely he’s within the spectrum. And that’s just what it is. And so the only people who really understand are people who have children in that situation.

Sharyl: The position of the government and many scientists is that this is a settled issue it’s a disproved myth and there’s nothing to it. What would you say to that?

De Niro: Well I would say okay but then who settled it? How was it settled? Where is the science as Bobby Kennedy says? Where’s the science? Here’s what we have from all these studies and here’s what they have. So it seems that something is not right.

Sharyl: Are you behind the idea of forming some sort of scientific commission that would independently take a look at this?

De Niro: Sure, absolutely, an independent commission. There has to be.

Sharyl: And for clarity, a lot of people whether they are scientists or parents who question the safety of vaccines and what’s happened to their children, they’re called anti vaccine.

De Niro: Yes.

Sharyl: Are you anti vaccine?

De Niro: No I’m not anti vaccine, and as Bobby Kennedy said very eloquently, that’s that’s like a witch, you know You’re a witch! It’s like the Salem witch trials, all of a sudden you’re anti-vax. That’s a lot of baloney, a lot of malarkey. That’s ridiculous. I’m not anti-vax. I take vaccines all the time and my kids have gotten vaccinated. But there’s something wrong and it’s gotta be fixed.

Addendum: Originally posted on Full Measure.