CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta said on Tuesday that it is “dangerous” for people to “politicize” a medical debate such as the one about vaccines. In particular, Gupta took issue with Sen. Rand Paul‘s (R-KY) “pandering” comments about vaccines.
“This is the sort of pandering that can be dangerous,” Gupta said. Paul claimed he has seen cases of children developing mental disorders after being vaccinated, but Gupta cautioned that “correlation does not equal causation.”
“I don’t know why he’s saying this,” Gupta added. “The numbers don’t bear that out. The science doesn’t bear that out. I’d be curious what drove those comments.”
New Day co-host Chris Cuomo also went off on anti-vaxxers: “I don’t think that we should be engaging people in this paranoia. The science isn’t there, the practicality isn’t there. I can’t have my kid bring peanuts to school, but a parent has the choice whether or not to vaccinate their kids and then send them to school? Are we giving too much deference to the other side here when there really isn’t one?”
Gupta concluded by insisting there is no link between autism and vaccination.
Watch the video below, via CNN:
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