The World Health Organisation has confirmed that 36 Syrian children have dies as a result of receiving tainted measles vaccines under a United Nations-sponsored program.
Shortly after rumors began circling that the the vaccine was tainted as a deliberate sabotage, and the UN immediately stopped the vaccination program to limit the number of children affected.
In the towns of Jirjanaz and Maaret al-Nouman, in the province of Idlib, doctors said that there was no almost no time delay whatsoever between the children receiving the vaccine and them falling ill.
The death toll so far is 36, but there are said to be many more children who have fallen ill from this vaccine, these children however, are being treated and are said to be in a stable condition.
“It’s very bad. The figures of dead we are getting go into the 30s. Children are dying very quickly,” Daher Zidan, the coordinator of the relief organization and medical charity, Uossm, just over the border in Turkey says “We think it will get worse.”
The Syrian opposition coalition that controls the area of Idlib province said that “the Syrian interim government’s health ministry has instructed a halt to the second round of the measles vaccination campaign, which began Monday …following several fatalities and injuries among children in vaccination centers in the Idlib countryside,”
A tainted batch has been said to be the most likely reason for the tragedy according to the UN, although the real reason is not known yet.