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The discredited researcher who launched the anti-vaccine movement met with Donald Trump this summer — and found him sympathetic to the cause. Now, with Trump preparing to move into the White House, leaders of the movement are newly energized, hopeful they can undermine decades of public policy promoting childhood vaccinations.

At the most basic level, they’re hoping Trump will use his bully pulpit to advance his oft-stated concern — debunked by an extensive body of scientific evidence — that there’s a link between vaccines and autism.


“For the first time in a long time, I feel very positive about this, because Donald Trump is not beholden to the pharmaceutical industry,” movement leader Andrew Wakefield told STAT in a phone interview.

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  • Since when does questioning science a bad thing? All that is stated is that it would look to dis-banned the VAX court (the simple existence of this court is cause for suspicion), and to look into vaccine safety (that is a good thing no matter what side of the argument your on). Nor do I see how that translates to anti-vax? If vaccines are safe then if anything this appointed committee would just further prove that, unless their is something someone is hiding?

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