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The Cook Islands has lifted a hold on its mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine programme after the deaths of two Samoan babies.
The two infants died in Savaii two hours apart just minutes after receiving the vaccine.
The World Health Organisation and UNICEF officials are in Samoa helping the Government with its investigation.
Cook Islands Secretary of Health Dr Aumea Herman had told the Pacific Media Network the move is a precautionary one as it gets its MMR vaccine from the same supplier as Samoa – the UN Children’s fund.
The hold has since been lifted, after it was confirmed the batch in the Cook Islands was different to that supplied to Samoa.
The Cook Islands has a 100 percent MMR vaccination rate and around ten babies are due for their MMR immunisations in the next two months.