The head of the Ministry of Health in Samoa has ordered the immediate recall of all measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines after the deaths of two one-year-olds.
By Michael Morrah, Newshub Staff, 10 July 2018
The children were given the MMR vaccine on Friday at Safotu Hospital on the island of Savai'i. However within minutes they were dead. One child was allegedly immunised without the mother's consent - and despite her protesting.
Health Ministry CEO Dr Take Naseri says a full investigation is underway into the deaths. All MMR vaccines in Samoa have been ordered to be seized and the staff involved have been stood down, TV1 Samoa reports.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr Sailele Malielegaoi says he is waiting to be fully briefed on the situation.
"I have called a full inquiry into the circumstances leading up to this devastating incident which I do not take lightly," he told media.
"There are already processes that will determine if negligence is a factor. And if so, rest assured those processes will be implemented to the letter to ensure that such tragic [deaths] will not be repeated and those responsible will be made to answer."
They should be taking pharmac to court not 2 innocent nurses.
Sacrificial lambs.The real villains are above the law,always it seems.Doubt there are any sealed indictments waiting for the big pharma mass murderers either.
We're following this case in Samoa - two children died after receiving MMR vaccination. A nurse has been charged - but it's unclear what she did. From the article, In this tragic case, vaccinologists say they believe the problem was not in the vaccine itself, but how it was prepared before it was administered. To be honest, I've no idea what this might mean. Was this a case of poor refrigeration? That's not preparation, per se, it's storage. It's a single dose live virus vaccine. Did she possibly intentionally harm the children? Or did the vaccine itself really cause the deaths? Were they from the same manufacturing lot? Expired? So many questions. And a real concern for safety. God bless those children and their families, who tried to do "right" by their children and paid the ultimate price.
From the New Zealand Herald.
A senior nurse has been charged with manslaughter in relation to the deaths of two 1-year-olds who died shortly after getting vaccinated in Samoa last month.
Local media reported that the nurse was officially charged on Friday and is due to appear in court tomorrow.
Authorities continue investigations into the deaths of Lannacallystah Samuelu and Lameko Si'u, who died shortly after receiving a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination at Safotu District Hospital, on the island of Savaii, on July 6.
The manslaughter charge comes after police charged the woman with conspiracy to defeat the ....