Asking Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to head up a commission to look into vaccine safety is a great thing. I’m all for it, and I’ll gladly give Donald a feather for his silly red cap on this one. But if the President-elect wants to make a real and lasting impact (for the better) on the issue of vaccines, then he should appoint somebody to direct the CDC who is at least as skeptical about vaccine safety as is RFK Jr. There’s no reason why a CDC director must be a medical doctor, but if you absolutely must have a doc for this position, fine… there are many excellent doctors who share RFK Jr.’s concerns. Find that person and give him/her Tom Frieden’s job. Frieden will resign on January 20. Commissions come and go. CDC directorship? Now, that’s a prize.
A vaccine safety commission is nice, but it won’t change the CDC. A sympathetic director just might.