EU health chief says 'shame' on anti-vaccine lobby (2)
Italy measles epidemic 'deplorable' - Andriukaitis
20 Aprile 2017
Brussels, April 20 - European Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on Thursday tweeted "in today's newspapers: measles epidemic in Italy, first death from measles in Portugal and increase in measles cases in Germany. Deplorable. Shame on you, anti-vaccine lobby!". Vaccines are a hot-button issue in Italy with anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Beppe Grillo slammed for past statements against them and a RAI State broadcaster programme under fire for highlighting adverse reactions ot the human papillomavirus (HPV), while a nurse was caught not vaccinating children in northern Italy.