Afghan Evacuations Halted Due To Measles

Quarantine and contact tracing have begun.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki debriefed reporters on Friday afternoon, saying, “Operation Allies Welcome flights into the United States have been temporarily paused at the request of the CDC and out of an abundance of caution because of four diagnosed cases of measles among Afghans who recently arrived in the United States.”

The U.S. has been requiring vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella before Afghans depart from U.S. military bases. The CDC has begun full contact tracing to identify how those four individuals contracted measles. The press secretary said that the White House is exploring vaccinating immigrants in Afghanistan before they board planes to the U.S.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For President Biden and his advisors as they handle disease among the refugees.
  • That the CDC would have success in tracing these cases of measles. 
  • That those administering vaccines for Afghan refugees would be kept safe.

Sources: The Hill, NPR


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