Recent news of two toddlers dying after receiving vaccines in Samoa absolutely rocked the Internet – especially the non-vax communities.
But even more recently is the news that Samoa has responded to the incident by immediately seizing all MMR vaccines.
In addition, it appears that the startling incident has launched an investigation and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi relates that “similar circumstances” happened to his own grandson years ago.
Samoan health authorities have stopped all children’s vaccinations in the island nation after the deaths of two toddlers.
A full inquiry into the circumstances of the deaths has also been launched at the request of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi.
The situation comes after two children, both aged 1, died minutes after receiving an MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination at Safotu Hospital, in Savaii, on Friday.
The youngsters have been identified as Lannacallystah Samuelu, daughter of Marietta and Samuelu Tuisuesue, and Lameko Si’u, son of Punipuao and Timua Si’u.
News of the deaths began to spread over the weekend after family members posted photos of the dead children – one wrapped in the arms of his distraught mother – on Facebook.
The public was officially informed by authorities yesterday, when Samoa’s Ministry of Health chief, Dr Leausa Toleafoa Take Naseri, announced that all MMR vaccines in the country were to be seized after the deaths.
NZ Herald adds that the nurses who administered the vaccines are being supported by their employers and have been “stood down” from work for their own protection.