Anti-vaccination movement

MPs discuss the importance of global vaccination

MPs debate World Immunisation Week.
Barely18 hours after he was appointed International Development Secretary -- in the mini-reshuffle following the sacking of Gavin Williamson -- Rory Stewart was in the Commons, talking about a key part of his new brief: international vaccination. 

He told MPs protecting people from preventable diseases was a story of global cooperation, as Mandy Baker reports.

There's more from Today in Parliament on BBC Radio 4 at 11.30pm.

Samaritans to help tackle online harm

The social media companies will fund the Samaritans' work
Social media companies are to work with the Samaritans to tackle the promotion of self-harm on their sites. 

The firms agreed to fund the strategy at a summit in London on Monday. 

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, told MPs that they also promised to take action to stop misinformation about child vaccinations being spread. 

Mandy Baker reports.

There's more from Today In Parliament on BBC Radio 4 at 23.30

Over 160 million children 'missed measles vaccination'

UNICEF warns rejecting the vaccine risks a major resurgence of measles
More than 160 million children around the world missed out on measles vaccinations between 2010 and 2017 - according to a new report by the UN children's agency, UNICEF.

The organisation warns that such large numbers of unvaccinated children raises the threat of a major resurgence of measles. 

There have already been 100,000 cases reported around the world in the first quarter of 2019.   

Dr Robin Nandy - UNICEF’s Principal Advisor & Chief of Immunizations - explains why they are so concerned.

(Photo: Hand holding up a bottle of the MMR vaccine. Credit: Reuters)