18 Dec 2019

Samoan anti-vaxxer pleads not guilty, trial in April

1:59 pm on 18 December 2019

A Samoan man facing a charge of incitement over the government's measles vaccination order pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday.

Samoa's courthouse

Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

Edwin Tamasese was charged after he allegedly published a post on social media against the mass vaccination drive.

Judge Leota Raymond Schuster has scheduled the trial for 2 April, 2020, the Samoa Observer reports.

Tamasese has been remanded on bail until then.

There have now been 76 measles-related deaths since Samoa's outbreak began.

There are currently 126 people with measles in hospital, including 17 children in intensive care.

To date, 94 percent of the population has been vaccinated.