Congresswoman Maxine Waters wasted no time jumping on the bandwagon, lauding John McCain’s support for vaccinations after news broke that the senator had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.
McCain, the Arizona Republican, issued a statement on Monday saying he believed that “vaccines save lives. I am convinced they have contributed to the fact that I am still here.”
“As chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I strongly believe the time has come to establish a comprehensive global effort to provide comprehensive medical treatment, support, and care for all who have contracted brain cancer,” Waters wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s time to dedicate the same effort to defeating the most effective known form of brain cancer, that of the papillary variant.”
She noted that the papillary form of brain cancer has a mortality rate of only 5 percent compared to 28 percent for the primary brain cancer known as glioblastoma.
Waters’ sentiments may seem familiar to teenage girls and others who are navigating a conversation about vaccinations with their parents as they enter into their teenage years.