During his presidential run, Biden supported the so-called vaccine mandate that created the national “personal belief” exemption which is now linked to a higher number of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks.
The reported reason given by public health experts is that vaccinations “cause harm.”
And now that Biden is contemplating a return to his career as a politician, where he’s held elective office, he might find out that the vaccine mandate has indeed led to higher rates of people being affected by preventable diseases.
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Dr. Deborah Keeth — clinical director of operations for a pediatric hospital in Atlanta, Georgia — says that while she respects Vice President Joe Biden’s past experience in medicine, she doesn’t believe the school nurse’s mandate has had a positive effect.
“I’m truly offended by the reality of the CDC’s stance that every child is better off under their finger print vaccination,” Keeth said. “No pediatrician would ever recommend in any given child are not vaccinated. The reality is that with a fair share of vaccinations in our society, pertussis is a thing of the past and all cancers and developmentally delayed children — something Joe himself has had to confront — are now rare. The CDC’s position is a strain on our children’s and parents’ ability to seek assistance from their pediatricians, who are part of our health care community.”
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Joel Schleifer, a New York City based attorney who was the centerfold of the medical journal Primary Sources, believes that Biden may have an easier time advancing his anti-vaccination views given how vaccine-minded people are now.
“Given the increasing frequency of vaccine-preventable outbreaks in the U.S., and the epidemic of misinformation about the long-established efficacy of vaccines, a person like Joe Biden who was on the debate stage when the medical community clashed with politicians like Sarah Palin in 2008, could carve out a valuable position in 2020, if the Democratic party coalesces around an anti-vaccination stance,” Schleifer said.
“If Republicans don’t nominate a candidate who opposes vaccinations, Biden can grab a clear position on the anti-vaccination scene.”
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Now that a major health vaccine precaution has become the norm in America, it will be much more difficult for a politician like Biden to argue that a vaccine policy should be put back into the hands of the people, said Peter Salins, deputy director of the Rand Corp.