WASHINGTON — Representative Tom Price, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, said on Tuesday that science does not support the claim that vaccines cause autism — putting some distance between himself and his future boss on the issue.

Price, a Georgia congressman, appeared before the Senate Finance Committee. Much of the discussion focused on the Affordable Care Act and Medicare, as well as Price’s personal investments in health care companies, the dominant news stories around his nomination.

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