November 2019: Samoa launches emergency measles drive

In the grips of an extensive outbreak in the Pacific region, Samoa launched an emergency measles drive on November 20 that has reached more than 33,500 people to date in both Upolu and Savai’i. The government shut down on December 5 and 6 to devote more staff to the campaign. As of December 4, the country has recorded 60 measles-related deaths. Meanwhile, neighboring Fiji has vaccinated 100,000 people and is launching the second phase of its campaign on December 4. UNICEF; Government of Samoa; NPR; Fiji Ministry of Health

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