President-elect of the United States of America
735 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Dear President-elect Trump:
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) staunchly supports the universal use of licensed and approved vaccines to prevent illness and death linked to numerous infectious diseases. There is no doubt that immunization saves millions of lives worldwide each year. We also advocate ongoing scientific inquiry like that undertaken in the multiple rigorous studies conducted on vaccine safety and efficacy, at both federal and nonfederal institutions in the United States and elsewhere. For years, these studies have agreed that childhood immunizations unquestionably save lives and are safe when administered per recommended guidelines.
Ensuring vaccine safety is a principal mission of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, established in 1987 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This long-standing committee of medical and public health experts advises every Administration and other government policymakers on vaccine safety, sharing its periodic reviews of the National Vaccine Plan and progress being made toward its full implementation. Other federal entities like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration continually provide additional immunization safeguards.
In November, the ASM extended an invitation to the incoming Administration, offering nonpartisan advice on key science and health related government appointments and policies that impact the well-being of the American public and the U.S. economy. With more than 47,000 members in the United States and worldwide, we can provide a breadth of science based expertise and are eager to discuss crucial issues with the new Administration that include vaccine safety and the broad availability of life-saving immunizations.
Susan Sharp, Ph.D., President, American Society for Microbiology
Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., M.P.H., CEO, American Society for Microbiology
Ronald M. Atlas, Ph.D., Chair, ASM Public and Scientific Affairs Board