Robert F. Kennedy Jr and Robert De Niro offer $100,000 to anyone who can prove vaccines are safe

Robert F Kennedy Jr (centre) and Robert De Niro (right) address the National Press Club

Citing concerns about the safety of mercury in vaccines, RFK Jr challenged journalists and the public this week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC

World Mercury Project Chairman Mr Kennedy told the press conference that there was plenty of research saying that the chemicals in vaccines were unsafe, but none that said they were safe.

Pointing to piles of papers on a nearby table, he stated there were more than 240 studies on the toxicity of the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, more than 80 studies on the link between mercury and autism, but none that show thimerosal is safe.

Source: World Mercury Project

He also claimed that reporters refused to look further into the potential link between vaccines and autism, and that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had vested interests in selling vaccines.

“We know the journalists don’t want to look into the science. So we are going to offer a $100,000 reward – it’s called the ‘100k challenge’ – to any journalist or anybody else who can point to a single existing study that says that it’s safe to inject mercury into little babies or pregnant women at the levels that we are currently injecting them in the flu vaccine,” he told reporters.

“You’re not going to be able to do it. The study doesn’t exist. You could not design a study that proved mercury was safe when injected into kids any more than you could do with lead.”

“This isn’t a gimmick,” said Mr Kennedy, explaining that they had enlisted “some of the greatest scientists in America … to act as judges in this contest.”

“When you send us this study that you say proves safety, we then submit it to those scientists and if you’re right, we are going to write you a cheque for a $100,000.”

According to the CDC, thimerosal hasn’t been used in vaccines for children since 2001.

While thimerosal is still used in some flu vaccines, patients are able to ask for a flu vaccine without it.

“Thimerosal has been used safely in vaccines for a long time (since the 1930s),” states the CDC.

“Scientists have been studying the use of thimerosal in vaccines for many years. They haven’t found any evidence that thimerosal causes harm.”

World Mercury Project supporter Robert De Niro, who sat beside Mr Kennedy as part of the press conference panel, is no stranger to controversy when it comes to vaccination claims.

Last year Mr De Niro, a Tribeca Film Festival co-founder, had included the film Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe in the festival lineup.

Vaxxed alleges a cover-up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a purported link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, and is directed by discredited former gastroenterologist and medical researcher Andrew Wakefield.

However Mr De Niro, whose son has autism, ended up cutting it from the lineup due to widespread pressure.

“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family,” he said in a statement.

“But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.”

The World Mercury Project was founded in California with the mission to “raise public awareness of the dangers and sources of mercury, with the ultimate goal of banning all uses of mercury on a global level”.

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  1. Curtis Watson

    I hope the CDC is working on a vaccine for stupidity …

  2. Toorisugarino Isha

    That’s what I call easy money!

  3. Ron

    The proof of evidence that mercury is safe to inject is what the 100K offer is about, not the proof that vaccines are safe. The headline is misleading

  4. Treasure McGuire

    Preservatives such as thiomersal were removed from vaccines such as MMR in Australia in 2000. So these concerns are a moot point for Australians.
    See our recent paper Aust NZ J Public Health. 2016; Online; doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12607

  5. Karl Landers

    “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
    I’m not a so called “anti-vax” fringe nutter, that any one who questions the safety of vaccines is called. I am a pharmacist. I have a duty of care to my patients irrespective of policy that they are fully informed with no bias on the safety of any medicine they take or give to their children. I welcome ANY investigation of ANY medicine that proves it’s safety BEFORE it is released to the general public and most certainly BEFORE it is included any policy. Why is that a problem to some people when it comes to vaccines? PPOVE a medicine is safe first and do NOT accept any medicine that does not have multiple peer reviewed replicated studies that show it’s safety. I learned that in my first year in pharmacy over 20 years ago! Thiomersal ( and aluminium) in a medicine that’s injected into a 24hr infant?? A 3 month, 6 month 18 month infant?? Bad medicine or poor policy?? Or great medicine and wise policy?? I am looking forward to perusing the multitude of safety studies that come up…..

    • Anastasia V

      I completely agree! As soon as you question the safety of vaccines, you get slapped with the “anti-vaxxer” label, and opposed with such aggression.
      I say bring on the safety studies!

      ‘The problem is not people being uneducated. The problem is that they are educated just enough to believe what they are taught, but not enough to question what they have been taught.’

      • Daniel Roitman

        There is an important difference between being a skeptic and a denialist. A skeptic will question claims, then embrace the evidence. A denier will question claims, then reject the evidence.

  6. Ronky

    Hmm, lets see who should I believe? – a fat old has-been former actor and a never-was nobody who claims celebrity status because he’s the son of a man who was a politician 50 years ago? Or the universal consensus of every scientist and medical expert and every health department of every country in the world? Tough choice, isn’t it?

    • bernard

      Is that mean you’re going to take on the challenge? If it’s so obvious then it should be easy for you then right?

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