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Samoa Government Building
Apia, SAMOA — The state of emergency in Samoa, declared due to the measles epidemic, has been extended to 29 December 2019. It was due to have ended on Sunday, 15 December. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said it had been extended so as to administer vaccinations to the remaining...
 A girl receiving a vaccine
Apia, SAMOA — More than 5000 measles cases have been reported in Samoa since the outbreak began in mid-October, the government says. The death toll from Samoa's measles outbreak remains at 72 - the same as yesterday's toll. About 90 percent of the measles-related fatalities are aged four years or...
Woman receives a measles vaccination in Fiji
Apia, SAMOA — Another person has died from measles in Samoa, taking the death toll from the outbreak to 71. Samoa's Ministry of Health said the death occured within the last 24 hours. During that time 83 more cases of measles were recorded, taking the total number for the outbreak to 4898. The...
Measles epidemic poster
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan anti-vaccination advocate has been granted bail with strict conditions after his first court appearance this week. Edwin Tamasese has been charged with incitement against the government vaccination order last week after he allegedly published a post on social media against...
Kennedy Pola and Troy Polamalu
Apia, SAMOA — En route to delivering 50 Luminaid Solar Lanterns for the Fiji Red Cross, Cool Stuff got to enjoy October 26, 2019 as a normal hectic Apia Saturday. I battled the bank lines at BSP, enjoyed shopping the new fashions at Eveni Carruthers, rewarded myself with Pinati’s vaimoa, stirfry,...
Mothers and children waiting at a hospital in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — Some parents of children with measles in Samoa appear to be panicking over the care their infants are receiving, with at least three families reportedly taking their children out of hospital against medical advice. New Zealand Red Cross nurse Karen Page, who has been based in Apia...
 A protest over the cartoon in Dunedin with people holding flags.
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND — Leaders from Dunedin's Samoan community have met with management of the local paper to express the hurt and harm caused by a cartoon making light of the Samoa measles epidemic. They said they were pleased the Otago Daily Times acknowledged the racism of the cartoon - but ODT...
 Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, (left), with Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Hawai'i's Lieutenant Governor has applauded the Samoan government's moves to boost the country's vaccination coverage, saying it is saving lives. Today was the final day of a nation-wide shut down while vaccination teams visit households to administer shots in an effort to stem a...
“Fesoasoani mo Samoa Fundraising” Committee
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than $40,000 was donated by the community on Wednesday, the first day of the ASG-organized “Fesaosoani mo Samoa Fundraising”. Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appealed directly to the private sector — in a letter — for their support to assist Samoa with the deadly...
Empty street in Apia with red flag outside a yard.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people. The government told most public and private workers to stay home on Thursday and Friday and shut down roads to nonessential...

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