Second nurse faces manslaughter charge over vaccination deaths

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Samoa Police Service.

Samoa Police Service. (Photo: Samoa Observer)

A second nurse has been charged in relation to the deaths of two babies in Savai’i who died after they were administered the MMR vaccination.

The charge against an unnamed nurse was confirmed by the Police.

“The Samoa Police Service confirms that in relation to the MMR Vaccination investigation whereby two babies died at Safotu hospital, a 52 year old female nurse is the second person to be charged,” the Police said in a statement.

The woman faces a manslaughter charge in “relation to the death of the second baby who received the MMR vaccination.” 

The Police say the woman was arrested and charged yesterday evening. 

“She has been remanded at liberty this morning with conditions to surrender her travel documents and to sign at Vaitoomuli police post every Friday. 

“She is scheduled to appear before Supreme Court mention on the 27th August 2018. 

“Police is not at liberty to release her name until she appears before the courts. A police investigation is continuing.”

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