The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. The diphtheria vaccine

    Spain Sees Revival of Diphtheria

    In an unwanted comeback, the Spanish city of Olot has reported the country’s first case of diphtheria since 1986. An unimmunized six-year-old boy has fallen ill — the disastrous effect of anti-vaccination campaigns gaining a foothold in Spain. The bacterial respiratory infection kills one in 10, and it’s so rare nowadays that the anti-toxin drugs had to be flown in from Russia. Health authorities are needling anti-vax parents, calling them “irresponsible.” The child, meanwhile, is in serious condition at a Barcelona hospital.

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