Late Monday afternoon President Trump announced what may be one of his most controversial decisions to date when he signed an executive order placing a temporary 90-day ban on all childhood MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccinations.
The executive order will require all pediatric doctors to refuse the administration of MMR vaccinations in all of their patients under the age of 18-years-old for the next 90-days or risk losing their medical license.
Additionally, the executive order implements a mandatory freeze on all MMR vaccinations from pharmaceutical distributors to health care professionals during these 90-days. According to representatives from the Trump Administration, a team will be immediately assembled to ensure compliance of the order and to identify any vaccines that have been distributed to medical centers within the 90-day freeze.
According to President Trump, a team of the best independent researchers, scientists, and medical professionals will be assembled to research the issue of vaccination safety and the potential link to autism within vaccinated children.
At the time of this writing, no announcements have been made regarding the individuals tasked to work on the above-mentioned group of researchers, scientists, and medical professionals, however, according to sources within the Trump Administration, the president has considered appointing his long-time personal physician, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein to lead the investigating committee.
The executive order has undoubtedly sent shockwaves throughout the country, however, many are pleased by the executive order and point to the decision as yet another campaign trail promise delivered upon by President Trump. Throughout the past several years, Trump has been very vocal in his support for additional research into the possible correlation between childhood vaccinations and autism.
On March 28, 2014, Trump tweeted:
Additionally, on September 03, 2014, he tweeted:
Medical professionals and parents of small children across the country have already organized to protest the president’s decision. Robert K. Huller, a university law professor told reporters that as unorthodox and potentially dangerous the president’s temporary freeze on vaccinations may be – ordering the 90-day ban is well within his executive abilities. Huller doesn’t believe a federal judge would be successful in efforts to block or reverse the executive order.
A White House official speaking on behalf of the administration stated “It has been clear to many within the medical community that there is a sickness inside us. This sickness has been growing for years and seems to correlate with the rise in vaccination rates. The President has asked the public to rally around his decision using the hashtag #cureforwellness.”
In addition to the executive order banning childhood vaccinations, President Trump has ordered the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to remove all vaccination related information from their official government website. The executive order requires the CDC to remove all vaccination related material by February 18, 2017 – until further notice.