When will the Trump administration actually stop lying about vaccines?
A week before his inauguration, President Donald Trump promised that “the best and the brightest” from around the world will be “taking a look at vaccines,” which he called “the biggest threat to mankind and our world.”
But according to a new study, Trump has already made false claims about vaccines and their safety.
The New York Times reports that the Trump Administration has not yet released a comprehensive vaccine safety assessment, despite repeated requests.
But a recent report from the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that vaccines “could still pose a threat to the public,” with the latter finding “a substantial number of adverse events reported to CDC.”
The NVIC and CDC, along with others, concluded that “most vaccines are safe and well-tolerated.”
The CDC report also said that vaccine manufacturers are “working hard to meet” that goal.
But according a letter the National Academy of Sciences sent to the Trump White House on January 12, the president has “yet to release any data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink to substantiate claims that vaccines are unsafe.”
The Trump administration has also failed to provide data to back up its claims, as Vox pointed out in January, and in January the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report stating that “there is no credible evidence that vaccines cause autism, that they prevent or cure any disease, or that they are effective at preventing disease or improving health.”
The report also found that vaccine safety claims are “often based on a limited set of data and cannot be evaluated scientifically.”
The New American reported that a Trump advisor told the National Academies’ Committee on Science and Technology that vaccines were “not safe,” despite “high rates of safety and effectiveness” in clinical trials.
“Vaccines are not the answer to every medical problem,” the advisor told The New American.
“It’s important to recognize that vaccines aren’t perfect.”