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The German government, headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, decided on Wednesday (17 July) to make childhood measles vaccines compulsory from March 2020 to eradicate the newly emerging disease.

Children will only be admitted to nurseries or schools if they are vaccinated. These vaccines will be mandatory for workers in care centers, educational institutions, medical facilities and refugee shelters.

"We want to protect as many children as possible from measles," Health Minister Yens Young said"He said. Violations would result in fines of up to 2,500 euros under the bill, which is expected to pass easily through the German parliament.

The German Pediatric Society has long demanded compulsory vaccination of children against measles and a host of other diseases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there is a slowdown in global efforts to increase immunization coverage for deadly diseases.

Last year, there were 350,000 cases of measles worldwide, more than double the number in 2017.

Last year, Germany recorded 543 cases and hundreds of cases so far this year.

APA (AFP)

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