Meeting With Trump Emboldens Anti-Vaccine Activists, Who See An Ally In The Oval Office - 2016-12-01
But Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a conservative group that publishes a journal that has promoted discredited views -- including the supposed link between vaccines and autism. The group's executive director, Dr. Jane Orient, confirmed Price's current membership in an email to STAT.
Trump's biggest appointment with respect to vaccination policy will be the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The director sets priorities for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and oversees the staff that helps select an advisory committee to recommend tweaks to the childhood vaccination schedule. Trump's choice of a surgeon general could also shape the national conversation on vaccines, but that appointment is more symbolic.