Samoan Government Arrests “Anti-Vaxxer” as Measles Campaign Widens

Samoan Government Arrests “Anti-Vaxxer” as Measles Campaign Widens

On Dec. 5, 2019, the Samoan government reportedly arrested a “vocal antivaccination campaigner” and charged him with “incitement” as the government widens a mass measles vaccination campaign in the small South Pacific island nation of about 200,000 people. More than 4,300 measles cases with 63 deaths have been reported since the measles outbreak began in mid-October.1

In mid-November, the Samoan government declared a state of emergency. By Nov. 25 the government had closed all schools, including the nation’s only university.2

Samoa on Lockdown with Dawn to Dusk Curfew

By Dec. 5, the government had instituted a “lockdown” of the country, reportedly closing all businesses and non-essential government services, banning private vehicles from roads, banning children under 17 from public gatherings, and instituting a dawn-to-dusk curfew while the population is vaccinated.1 3 4 Families with unvaccinated children or adults have been ordered to display a red flag outside their home if they are unvaccinated so health authorities conducting the mobile mass vaccination campaign can come into the homes and administer MMR vaccine.

Reportedly, Samoan government officials are blaming “anti-vaxxers” inside the country and in the U.S. for the measles outbreak and for slowing down the government’s response, warning that “We will advise the police to act when we have no choice.”1 Most of the 63 measles-related deaths have occurred in children under age four years and there are 20 critically ill children in the hospital.

Two Nurses Imprisoned for MMR-Vaccine Related Deaths

In July 2018, two infants died in Samoa after being given MMR vaccine at a hospital and government health officials responded with a directive suspending the administration of MMR vaccine on the island while the vaccine was being tested.5 6 In August 2019, it was reported that two senior nurses at the hospital had been charged with manslaughter for mistakenly mixing MMR vaccine with a skeletal muscle relaxant and were sentenced to five years in prison.7

After the publicity surrounding the MMR-related infant deaths in 2018, apparently many parents lost confidence in the MMR vaccine and vaccination rates dropped to about 30 percent.1 The government is now seeking a MMR vaccination rate of at least 90 percent.

WHO Blames Vaccine Misinformation for Measles Deaths

On Nov. 27, 2019, the Director of the Immunization Department for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva was quoted in The Guardian as saying that misinformation about the safety of vaccines “has had a very remarkable impact on the immunization programme” in Samoa. She blamed “an anti-vaccine group” for stoking fears with a social media campaign that “is now being measured in the lives of children who have died in the course of the outbreak.”8


1 Al Jazeera (English). Samoa arrests anti-vaxxer as immunization drive continues. MSN Dec. 5, 2019.
2 Cáceres M. Samoa’s Measles Outbreak and Response. The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 25, 2019.
3 Leonard J. Samoa on lockdown for vaccination after measles outbreak. Daily Trust Dec. 5 2019.
4 Samoa arrests vaccine critic amid deadly measles crisis. BBC Dec. 6, 2019.
5 Samoa recalls MMR vaccine after two deaths. RNZ July 9, 2018.
6 TVR Staff. Two Infants in Samoa Die After Getting MMR Vaccine. The Vaccine Reaction July 9, 2018.
7 One News Now. Nurses sentenced to 5 years in deaths of two infants in Samoa. Samoa News Aug. 2, 2019
8 Agence France-Presse. Samoa measles outbreak: WHO blames anti-vaccine scare as death toll hits 39. The Guardian Nov. 27, 2019.

48 Responses to "Samoan Government Arrests “Anti-Vaxxer” as Measles Campaign Widens"

  1. Don   December 9, 2019 at 7:38 am

    If the people do not want to take the MMR and want to risk measles, then that’s the people’s choice. History is full of examples of abuses of the power of the state to force medication, and this abuse, and not the refusal to comply, is by far the greater of two evils.

    How did we get here that after the eugenics fiasco with forced sterilization and the medical abuses of the Third Reich, we think it’s OK to force medication? How quickly we forget.

    • Alice   December 9, 2019 at 10:38 pm

      This is the totalitarian state, thus fascism or communism! A red flag outside their home. Who else has done this but the Nazis marking Jewish homes and the communists sending people to Siberia and the ISIS marking houses of Christians for destruction.
      Wow! Never thought I would see the day!
      Measles in a healthy society is a childhood disease.

  2. Buffet   December 9, 2019 at 7:48 am

    They’re all obese anyway.
    That’s why they’re unhealthy!

    • Joy Metcalf   December 9, 2019 at 10:47 am

      There’s more to obesity than eating too much. Chemicals in food, chemicals in the environment, heavy metals in the body, they ALL play a factor in obesity.

    • AhNotepad   December 9, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      @Buffet, Are they all obese? Can you provide a document reference?

    • Palelei   December 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      You know, you’re not wrong but there is no reason for you to make such a snide remark about my people in a derogatory manner. This is disgusting but i wish you well.

  3. Paul Rauh   December 9, 2019 at 8:22 am

    I’d understood that the usual death rate from measles was something like 1 in 10,000 cases. 63 deaths in 4,300 cases sounds amazingly high. Is there any explanation for this?

    • The General   December 9, 2019 at 10:09 am

      Excellent question. It was my first thought too.

    • Joy   December 9, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Vitamin A deficiency has been strongly linked with Measles deaths. Improve nutrition and sanitation, and you see the rate of death plummet, just as it did in American in the early 1900’s.

    • mjb   December 9, 2019 at 10:49 am

      It is. Maybe people are being “vaccinated” after coming down with the disease… and the vaccine itself is having negative effects.

    • Miko   December 9, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      Apparently not. Thats the real story.
      WHO died
      WHAT age were tbey , what variety did tbey contract? Wild? What age? What tx did tbey receive?
      WHERE did they contract the measles,
      WHEN did they receive tx if any.
      WHY didn’t they receive tx?
      HOW else did tbe government react?
      Very young and very old People die from the measles by dehydration .
      This is not believable

    • Jay   December 10, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Yes there is likely…..the dirty tricks CDC and WHO are involved to, as Lilyana says, test their methods of forced vaccination on the public. And there is epidemic malnutrition in this mostly poor area. I hope RFKjr comes back with a thorough report/statement on this hysteria!

    • Redpill   December 11, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      First of all do we know that the individuals actually died from Measles? Given how often anything to do with vaccines is skewed by the governments around the world and especially measles-how do we know what these people died from. Do I trust the bias media-no! Keep in mind the much hyped news about the flight attendant that died from measles when she actually died from a brain inflammation months after he supposeably was infected but the local media in Israel never said she was properly diagnosed with measles. Also, years ago a young woman in Washington State was said to have died from Measles when she actually died from pneumonia while on strong immune depressing medication for a rare inflammatory muscle disorder. She did have measles, discovered during her autopsy because she was asymptomatic, but it was discovered that she was infected from a vaccinated person. I haven’t read where actually autopsies were performed on any of the deceased in Samoa and given the economic state of the government I doubt that there will be any.

      -This would be news if outbreaks of similar intensity occurred in first world countries, such as the United States or the European Union. But they don’t. Nor do they occur in a similar scale or severity. This means that hygiene, nutrition, refrigeration, and potable water—items many in the modern world take for granted—are the real delta between measles deaths in the Third World versus mild measles cases in the first, which come and go, and rarely result in fatalities.

      This has been a long-known and well-kept secret by the WHO, UNICEF, and medical institutions around the world even though it has never been discussed and certainly, it has not come forth in any scientific way.

      As researchers for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Rochelle Rainey and Merri Weinger see it:

      “The lack of safe water, functional toilets, and handwashing facilities in healthcare settings pose significant risks to patients, healthcare workers, and surrounding communities.”

      Modern infrastructure is the cornerstone of what reduces the spread of infection. Note, those environmentalist researchers didn’t say vaccines were at the heart of disease reduction; it was improving human basic living needs. This article is informative.

      Take a look at this youtube video:
      Dissolving Samoa Illusions by Citizen Journalist Allie Duzett

      You also need to look at the fact that 3rd world countries governments NEVER scrutinize vaccines or do any sort of investigations of the vaccines themselves because in almost all cases the government and probably so political officials are being paid to push vaccination IN their county like they did with the Polio vaccine years ago in Africa.

      Since they have an ongoing vaccination program in Samoa I would bet the vaccine is shedding because the immune system of the children is so poor. A person ability to fight off an infection-which a vaccine causes and not shed as many virus into the environment depends on the immune system. Vaccines generate the wrong immune response which is why children harbor the viruses in their bodies without expelling them via the cells properly. When the immune system becomes weak the child becomes ill, which may be why there are outbreaks in highly vaccinated population out of the blue and why others are infected. The virus sheds.

      If the WHO and the government of Samoa were really concerned about this they would be doing PCR testing to determine if the virus is a wild or vaccine strain. 38% of the people, mostly adults in the Disney measles outbreak were infected with a vaccine strain from the vaccine. The adults were fully vaccinated.

      So were the deaths from the measles or lack of care? The WHO for years used to recommend supplemental Vitamin A as children who are infected are lacking in this supplement. The American Academy of Pediatrics also used to recommend this but now they don’t even though studies showed that it possibly could ward off the virus and if infected can assist greatly in the healing process. Why are they not doing this now-Because they need the propaganda for fear mongering purposes.

  4. Sue Lohmeyer   December 9, 2019 at 8:24 am

    What else happened in Samoa. Healthy children do not die of measles.

    • ecbound   December 9, 2019 at 11:36 am

      My thoughts exactly.

      • AhNotepad   December 9, 2019 at 4:39 pm

        It would depend on whether the population had been historically exposed to measles. As I understand it, there would have to be some maternal immunity passed on to the children to ensure the reaction to the measles virus was a mild reaction. Also I suspect there is a general deficiency of vitamin C, as it’s difficult to ensure people have enough without active steps to ensure there is enough. This is one of a series, Well worth looking at all of them to get a little understanding.

    • Mary   December 9, 2019 at 11:41 am

      I suspect there is a lot of malnourishment in Samoa.
      That could increase vulnerability.

    • Rtp   December 10, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      We all need to understand that *every* pandemic/epidemic in history bar none has actually been iatrogenically (doctor) caused.

      Black Death, Spanish flu, SARS, ebola, etc. Now, diseases can and do happen without doctors and in some cases they can even cluster but when you have mass deaths it is *always* because the people have started to panic and listened to the crazed advice of doctors.

      In some cases, the doctors actually start the disease – such as Spanish Flu which was actually caused by millions of doses of experimental vaccines being given.

      In other cases, the disease itself was already there but doctor treatments turned a harmless condition deadly. The 14th century wasn’t the first time in history there were rats and fleas. It is just that an extraordinary panic set in that enticed people to listen to doctors – who advised them to eat glass (I’m not joking), rub feces into their wounds, live in sewers, be whipped, and burn and starve other people.

      Measles is in every population all the time – there are always people with epidermis rashes and contrary to what we are told, it isn’t highly contagious. But in heavily vaccinated populations, doctors will typically label measles as other conditions – eg hand foot and mouth, roseola etc. OTOH if the population is not heavily vaccinated then doctors will: a) diagnose practically every rash as measles; and b) provide disastrous treatments. Measles is 100% harmless. It isn’t even fatal in 1 in 10,000 cases. It is simply never fatal. The only way you can die of it is through dangerous treatments.

    • Redpill   December 11, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      Dissolving Samoa Illusions by Citizen Journalist Allie Duzett

  5. mike   December 9, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Bring back the NON-fetal cell vaccine. There was no reason to make the fetal cell vaccine mandatory by taking away the original. The charts show the truth.

  6. Mike   December 9, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Don – the govt makes the decisions for the child while saying the parents can’t. even in the U.S. we are constantly fighting for parent rights in child decisions. Look what happened in NY most recently, taking away religious and health exemptions just before school year, all court appeals and injunctions refused.

  7. Blue   December 9, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Why don’t they just have them wear a yellow star or a pink star. I heard that works really well… At least it did for the Germans in Nazi Germany… although it didn’t work out so well for the Jews and many others… you know, the greater good…

  8. Linda   December 9, 2019 at 10:14 am

    There’s more to this. 63 deaths in 4300 cases of measles is way too high. This should be investigated. Also, what was the vaccination percentage of this population prior to the epidemic? This whole thing smells a little fishy.

  9. Linda   December 9, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I don’t frequently comment mostly because it so difficult to do so. The captcha robot test is quite difficult to navigate…hard to see etc. this time there was to “test” and my comment hasn’t been pos, though, I was told that I had attempted to post it twice. Whasup?

    • Linda   December 9, 2019 at 10:22 am

      Okay, the comment was posted-my bad.

  10. Lady M   December 9, 2019 at 10:38 am

    According to reports, many Samoan children suffer from malnutrition, especially relating to protein. That is probably one of the main reasons they are so compromised and succumb to measles and most likely other infections at such a high rate.

    It’s important that this case is used to expose how vaccination is used in economically disadvantaged areas of the world to take attention away from the lack of the basics for maintaining natural immunity.

  11. Sandy Little Schaefer   December 9, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Read all the info about how they’re VACCINATING KIDS WITH MEASLES ALREADY. They’re killing them themselves & blaming protesters. ?? it’s Nazi Germany all over again.

  12. Rebecca Martos   December 9, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I read that their govt was told that vitamin A was neccessary to keep their population healthy. They ignored this. Such a simple solution. How unfortunate.

  13. Linda   December 9, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Well, now apparently my previous comment(s) have been removed. What is the issue. I am a little confused.i know you don’t publish email addresses, but perhaps someone could inform me as to the problem with my comments.

  14. Linda   December 9, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Okay just get rid of all my comments except the original one. Moderate them into oblivion.

  15. Warren   December 9, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Poor quality diet. Inadequate amounts of nutrient dense food especially vitamin A. .

  16. Briita   December 9, 2019 at 11:14 am

    How many of those that are sick, or that have died, had an MMR vaccine? I can’t find that information anywhere! Just hundreds of articles that say “anti-vaxxers” and “dead” also, I read that the MMR vaccine started arriving in mass on October 1, about 6-7 weeks before the state of emergency? And I read that 6,000 doses were confiscated and destroyed for improper storage, wait that is 60…. wait where did the other 5,040 doses go? Possibly stolen? According to this article
    What the heck is happening??
    Also, the hospitals and the WHO are recommending calpol (tylonal) rather than the WHO vita A and vita C protocol? I read that from the person who was just arrested there for asking for vita donations from other countries. All of this is hard to find in print or quality journalism because every article just wants to focus on anti vaxxers causing death. I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, and think a huge profit making machine would harm a contained island to prove a point and drive up profits, but it’s hard to see what is really happening, without ANY facts floating around.

  17. Lilyana   December 9, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Culling the herd – Eugenicist. Samoa a test of what it will take for Mandatory Vaccines to be legal in the US. The Swine Flu started the testing to see what it would take, then Ebola, now Measles.

    In California you can’t find anyone that is giving the flu vaccine shots that has ANY written info on what is in that shot. And it is only 37% effective, and can and does give people the flu with the shot. Yet is now mandatory for many if not all citizens of the State.

    • RobC   December 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      Mandatory flu shots make little sense when they actually help only 3% or less of people that get them. (per a Cochraine study)…
      Authors’ conclusions:

      Healthy adults who receive inactivated parenteral influenza vaccine rather than no vaccine probably experience less influenza, from just over 2% to just under 1% (moderate-certainty evidence). They also probably experience less ILI following vaccination, but the degree of benefit when expressed in absolute terms varied across different settings. Variation in protection against ILI may be due in part to inconsistent symptom classification. Certainty of evidence for the small reductions in hospitalisations and time off work is low. Protection against influenza and ILI in mothers and newborns was smaller than the effects seen in other populations considered in this review.

      Vaccines increase the risk of a number of adverse events, including a small increase in fever, but rates of nausea and vomiting are uncertain. The protective effect of vaccination in pregnant women and newborns is also very modest. We did not find any evidence of an association between influenza vaccination and serious adverse events in the comparative studies considered in this review. Fifteen included RCTs were industry funded (29%).

    • Terri1234   December 9, 2019 at 11:12 pm

      The flu shot isn’t mandatory in CA except maybe if you’re a nurse and you work for Kaiser…… Not mandatory for school at all.

  18. ecbound   December 9, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Remember when they blamed the Zika virus for all those cases of microcephaly (babies born with shrunken heads) in Brazil, despite the fact that before the outbreak:

    1). Other countries with zika outbreaks didn’t have ONE case of microcephaly.
    2). Previous to the microcephally outbreak, these 3 things occurred in that same area of Brazil:
    1). Pregnant women were forced to get vaccinated with a vaccine untested in pregnant women.
    2). They put a pesticide in the drinking water to kill mosquitoes.
    3). A biotech company, called Oxitech, created mosquitoes that were genetically engineered to mate with the wild mosquito population, and designed to make sure that their offspring would not survive, UNLESS a certain substance (I think it was an antibiotic) was prevalent in the environment. And, of course, it turned out that that substance WAS prevalent in the area.

    Search “Jon Rappaport on zika virus” to read the articles and supporting documentation.

  19. Joey Griffin   December 9, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Ditto Sue Lohmeyer’s question!

  20. Don   December 9, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    “The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 4,217 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started, according to the latest press release from the National Emergency Operation Center, dated Dec. 5, 2019 (Samoa Time).

    “There were 165 recorded in the last 24 hours, and included in hospital admittances are 19 critically ill children in ICU/HDU, 3 pregnant women, and 1 postnatal.

    “To date, 62 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 2 fatalities in the last 24 hours.”


    If there are 62 deaths in 4,217 cases, then that means that the death rate from measles is 1470 per 100,000 cases, or 147 per 10,000, or 14.7 per 1,000. Too high for typical measles.

    “Tufa [state epidemiologist] noted that LBJ [hospital in American Somoa] is screening everyone who is coming in with some type of rash and fever — this is to widen the surveillance. He said the cases are probably not measles, but they are still taking samples and sending them off for testing, to confirm or rule out.

    “He said of the 19 tested so far, 5 came back negative, 2 were positive.”

    So if the rash and fever is not measles, what is it?


  21. RLB   December 9, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    The government created the problem now they want people to blame. The fact that they are vaccinating babies 6 months & older should accounts for a majority of the infant deaths. The MMR is even less “safe” for babies that young. This is some dystopian nightmare.

  22. Christina Proctor   December 9, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    This is ludicrous, giving vaccines is all about human depopulation!! Wake up humans!

  23. Bridget   December 9, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Vaccine strain measles results from MMR vaccine—ascertained in MMR-V insert as potential effects :

  24. Cheryl Cooper   December 10, 2019 at 12:37 am

    ‘…Director of the Immunization Department for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva was quoted in The Guardian as saying that misinformation about the safety of vaccines “has had a very remarkable impact on the immunization programme” in Samoa.’

    This is a true statement. They just omit that THEY are the primary disseminators of safety and efficacy misinformation.

  25. Graham   December 10, 2019 at 2:32 am

    How many of those children (in Samoa currently) have either:
    a) Had a MMR Shot in the last 2 years, or
    b) Had some other vaccination in the three months prior to coming down with Measales?

    And how much Vitamin C do they get?

  26. Linda   December 10, 2019 at 11:04 am

    What else is going on? 63 deaths and 4300 cases? There’s more to this story. What was the percentage of the population that was vaccinated?

  27. Leah Altmann   December 10, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    B”H They do not have the science straight. What is driving this ironic harshness is that they believe the hoax of herd immunity, and, did i read this right or was it another article… some of the strains shown to be causing those deaths were clearly from the vaccine serum? But educating re. what would be a safe vaccine program, one that would not cause secondary infection from the vaccines themselves, is a very dangerous job nowadays, not just a labor of love but perhaps an early ticket to the next world, in the tinderbox public-opinion atmosphere that has developed, regarding the issue of vaccine quality. The word ‘vaccine’ is more likely to raise hackles nowadays than any word I can think of. The situation looks insoluble, so I admire those who have both the clarity and courage to save lives of those who could possibly be harmed or killed by dangerously formulated, simultaneously administered, or too-frequently administered vaccines. The NVIC founding staff are giants to me.

  28. Jordi   December 10, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    The article doesn’t mention what number of the 4,300 cases and 63 deaths had been previously vaccinated..

  29. KC   December 10, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Of note to me is that no one has yet stated, as far as I can tell, the percentage of those who WERE vaccinated who acquired measles and those who were not, and also the percent of those who died who were vaccinated and those who were not. It’s not 100% as implied. Without all the facts, the information is skewed. Having looked deeply at the actual numbers for both in the U.S., the death rate and risk was low either way, either choice was reasonable, and actually slightly lower by not vaccinating. But that’s the U.S., not Samoa, where the risk is different. Have to look at facts in context.

  30. Mary   December 11, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    I would venture to say that the Samoan population may not have developed an adequate immune response to measles. This was certainly the case for the First Nations’ people when Europeans brought this disease to them. In some cases, it was deliberately given to them via measles infected blankets.

    This may be a case where vaccination is indicated; however, it may not be. I am very aware that the vaccine is not a substitute for our own immune response, doesn’t work for some, can damage some, and we are not passing our immunity via mother’s milk anymore. And that the theory of herd immunity originally only applied to naturally acquired infection, not vaccination.

    Yes, obesity is a problem among Samoans; at least in Hawaii. There is a genetic component for them, not handling a modern diet well, and white rice in particular as well as alcohol is not well handled by that population.


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