Samoa launches another inquiry into vaccination deaths

Another inquiry is being launched into the sudden deaths of two infants at a hospital in Samoa after they had been given the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella.

The government has set up a three person commission of inquiry to be headed by prominent Samoan judge and diplomat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade.

The other two members include highly qualified medical practitioner Leo'o Tautalatasi Dr. John Adams and Lilia Si'itia, who has years of experience in the nursing profession with the Ministry of Health.

It will look at Ministry of Health procedures for the administering of the MMR vaccine injections and alleged discrepancies relating to the deaths of the two young children.

The Commission has been given one week to complete its inquiries.

There has already been an investigation by medical authorities while a coronial inquest has been adjourned until results on aspects on the postmortem are assessed at an Australian laboratory.