Disinfo: Ukrainian authorities are so stupid, they are unable to deal with the measles outbreak

Summary

Russia is creating powerful vaccines that are most efficient in fighting Ebola, something that the Americans are unable to do. And Ukrainian authorities are so stupid they cannot deal with the measles outbreak. They are so stupid, they pose a global threat, having destroyed the vaccination programme.

Disproof

Ukrainian authorities are dealing with the measles outbreak in the country by  procuring vaccine with the aid of UNICEF, sending mobile vaccination brigades from school to school in Lviv, a hard-hit area, and preparing to provide cash incentives to physicians to vaccinate all children in their practices.

Current measles outbreak was caused by a combination of factors, including anti-vaccine sentiment and vaccine shortages in the aftermath of Crimea annexation and armed aggression in Easter Ukraine. Because of the shortages Ukraine vaccinated only 42% of its infants in 2016. In  2017, the country’s coverage rebounded to 93% of infants. On the measles outbreak read more here.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control so far no vaccine, antiviral drug or antibody has been authorised in Africa, the EU or US for prevention or treatment of the Ebola virus disease, except for experimental vaccines for compassionate care. Outside of the EU two vaccines were authorised in China and Russia. To date, limited information about immunogenetics and safety of these two vaccines in humans is available in scientific literature.

 

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 140
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: vaccination
  • Outlet: Voskresnyi Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym (9.20 - 10.50)
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