A boy receives a vaccine during a nationwide campaign against measles in Samoa. Photo: Unicef/AFP

Anti-vaxxers’ claims fuel Samoa measles epidemic, with 65 deaths before Christmas

  • Public health experts warn the outbreak is a cautionary tale for any nation where vaccination rates drop below 90 per cent
  • The Philippines, which has coverage of just 67 per cent, has the largest outbreak in Southeast Asia with more than 42,000 cases this year
Topic |   Pacific nations

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A boy receives a vaccine during a nationwide campaign against measles in Samoa. Photo: Unicef/AFP
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Meaghan Tobin

Meaghan Tobin

Meaghan Tobin has nearly a decade of experience spanning journalism and public policy in Washington, Taipei and Beijing. For the Post, she covers geopolitics, diplomacy and policy trends in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.