Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s candidate for president, just wants someone to like her. The function she served in this election, thus far, is to preemptively blame progressives if Trump gets elected. It’s unfair to criticize Dr. Stein for merely running for president, even in a tight race like this; there’s no inherent evil in making a futile attempt to dismantle the two-party system.
In most countries, people trust their regulatory agencies and have very high rates of vaccination through voluntary programs. In the US, however, regulatory agencies are routinely packed with corporate lobbyists and CEOs. So the foxes are guarding the chicken coop as usual in the US. So who wouldn’t be skeptical?
Dr. Stein does acknowledge that vaccines have been crucial in “reducing or eliminating devastating diseases like small pox and polio,” but nevertheless asserts that “vaccines should be treated like any medical procedure—each one needs to be tested and regulated by parties that do not have a financial interest in them.”
In a post for Jezebel, Anna Merlan writes that vaccines are, in fact, “rigorously tested by scientists who don’t have ties to big pharma or the ‘medical-industrial complex.’”