Samoa. During the fall, Samoa suffered a measles epidemic. By December, some 70 people had died, over 60 of whom were children. Almost 4,700 cases had been registered, but 90% of them were vaccinated by about 200,000 residents. The reason for the epidemic is, according to the UN, a widespread resistance to vaccines – only 30% of the island’s population was vaccinated before the outbreak, then became mandatory.
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Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi believes the outbreak will have far-reaching consequences in having to “strengthen the culture to accept vaccination to create ‘flock immunity’. It is a painful lesson from the current crisis. ”
According to CountryAAH, the population of Samoa in 2019 was 196,986, ranking number 188 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.490% yearly, and the population density was 69.6456 people per km2.