The President-elect posted a tweet suggesting that children get many vaccines at the same time and end up developing autism. Instead, Trump has stated a belief that children receive too many vaccines too early in their lives, which qualifies him as a "slow vaxxer". In 2015, Kennedy told a Vermont House Health Care Committee that pharmaceutical companies pressure the CDC into hiding a link between vaccines and autism. But he can appoint vaccine-doubters to his administration. He authored a 2014 book that supported a theory born in the 1990s that claimed a mercury-based vaccine additive called thimerosal is a unsafe "neurotoxin" that could trigger autism and should be completely banned.

He also challenged the timing of vaccines, particularly for infants.

In the past, Kennedy has alleged that the mercury-based chemical thimerosal, which was once used as a preservative in vaccines, is at fault for causing mercury poisoning, which turns into autism. However, he believes it should be in smaller doses over a longer period of time. Vaccine Skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. being asked to lead a research on safety study seems to be a misunderstanding and a contradicting matter as to their assumptions.

Kennedy has been highly critical of vaccines, as has Trump.

The comments were widely denounced by medical professionals who say that there is no evidence that vaccines lead to autism.

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And in a separate interview with the publication, William Schaffner, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said he was "surprised and dismayed" that Trump would consider naming Kennedy to such a panel.

Hotez noted that all evidence indicates that autism is a genetic condition that is not triggered by vaccinations.

Kennedy Jr. has talked up the already-debunked links between vaccines and autism for more than a decade.

"Children are far more likely to be harmed by vaccine preventable illness, such as measles, than by the vaccines that prevent such infections", IDSA officials said in the statement. "[We] would like to correct false statements made during the Republican presidential debate...regarding vaccines". We completely support vaccinations to protect people, especially children who are particularly vulnerable. Same exact amount, but you take this little attractive 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.