Doctors in the rebel held north of Syria fear tainted measles vaccinations killed 36 children. The United Nations provided the shots in the rebel-held north. The children in Jirjanaz and Maaret al-Nouman showed symptoms only an hour after they received the shot.
“It’s very bad,” said UOSSM coordinator Daher Zidan. “The figures of dead go into the 30s. Children are dying very quickly. We think it will get worse.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) wanted over 1.6 million children to receive the shot. They could not confirm how many children received the tainted vaccinations. Physician Abdullah Ajaj said it was the second round of shots and many suffocated “to death as their body swelled.” Ajaj also said they do not know what killed the children.
“There was shouting and screaming, it was hard for the parents,” he said. “You get your child vaccinated and then you find your child dying, it’s very hard.”
A few doctors think cyanide was in the vaccines since “the reported symptoms were a gradual slowdown in the heart rate as the infants turned blue.”
“This looks like a deliberate attempt to spike the vaccines,” said Syrian doctor Mohammad Mowas.
People with the opposition showed photos of children who show symptoms of cyanide. The Syrian opposition coalition said no one else will receive immunizations until the case is closed.
“The Syrian interim government’s health ministry has instructed a halt to the second round of the measles vaccination campaign, which began Monday . . . following several fatalities and injuries among children in vaccination centres in the Idlib countryside,” they said in a statement.