The White House Administration Picks Pro-Vaccine CDC Director


After backing candidate Donald Trump last year, antivaccine activists may feel betrayed in his administration’s latest move to name vaccine advocate Brenda Fitzgerald to run the CDC.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price named Fitzgerald to the critical post Friday.

After serving as the Georgia Department of Public Health commissioner and as a state health officer for six years, Fitzgerald will replace acting CDC Director Dr. Anne Schuchat. Before Schuchat, Tom Frieden served as CDC director for 8 years under the Obama Administration.

As head of the CDC, Fitzgerald will be responsible for U.S. vaccination policy and much more. The position doesn’t require Senate confirmation.

Thinking President Trump may push for a change in vaccine policy on autism concerns, her appointment is a bit concerning. In numerous public statements, Fitzgerald has supported vaccination.

What are your thoughts on the new director?