A week after Australian prime minister Scott Morrison declared COVID-19 would become a pandemic, Australian-Samoan anti-vaccination campaigner Taylor Winterstein issued a call-to-arms. In a Facebook post, Winterstein — who made headlines last year by supporting a Samoan traditional healer spreading anti-vaxxer beliefs during the country’s deadly measles outbreak — called on her followers to begin organising against […]
Samoa has announced it is no longer in state of emergency and its immunization rates have reached 95 percent against measles. Source: Samoa Measles Outbreak Update: Are Things Finally Turning Around?
A mass vaccination drive was put in place as the disease spread and killed 81 people. Source: Samoa lifts state of emergency over measles epidemic – BBC News
From the beginning, Nuu Lameko’s baby daughter radiated happiness. She clapped and danced to the songs of praise at church. Often, Lameko would roll a coconut across the floor of their home to hear her giggle. Source: ‘Why my baby?’: How measles robbed Samoa of its young – bdnews24.com
Another baby has died in Samoa from measles as the epidemic claims its 79th life. Source: Death toll from measles in Samoa reaches 79 | RNZ News
This island nation saw 70 measles deaths so far this year, most in children under age 5. Source: Measles 2019 Samoa: Why a tiny island has nearly 5,000 measles cases – Vox
Samoa has passed a law to make childhood vaccinations compulsory as the Pacific nation continues efforts to contain a devastating measles outbreak that by Thursday had killed 77 people, most of them infants. Source: Samoa law embeds compulsory measles shots | Daily times