■ Sabotage Suspected as Dozens of Children Die Painfully from Measles Vaccine in Syria

As many as 36 children were reported to have died excruciating deaths on September 16 after receiving tainted measles vaccines under a U.N.-sponsored program in the rebel-held north of Syria.

“The Syrian interim government’s health ministry has instructed a halt to the second round of the measles vaccination campaign, which began [September 15] following several fatalities and injuries among children in vaccination centers in the Idlib countryside,” a statement said.

Medical experts said a contaminated batch of the vaccine was the most likely explanation for the incident.

(National Post)

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