Vaccine Debate Boils Over At Autism Speaks
A top executive at Autism Speaks resigned last week, the result of a disagreement with the organization about the issue of vaccines and autism.
Alison Singer, the executive vice president of communications and awareness for the organization, stepped down ahead of a meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At the meeting, Singer voted against funding research of the link between autism and vaccines, a position in contrast with that of Autism Speaks.
“For some time I have had concerns about Autism Speaks’ policy on vaccine research,” Singer says. “Dozens of credible scientific studies have exonerated vaccines as a cause of autism. I believe we must devote limited funding to more promising areas of autism research.”
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Now, Singer is publicly speaking out about the vaccine issue. In an interview with Newsweek, she says the issue of vaccines should be put to rest since research funding is limited and the existing scientific research shows no link. “This question has been asked and answered and it’s time to move on,” Singer tells Newsweek. To read more click here.