The anti-vax movement is effectively reversing decades of progress in disease prevention

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it no longer considers measles to be eradicated in the UK. Albania, the Czech Republic, and Greece have also lost their measles-free status.

It is a coincidence that the news broke the day after Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, provoked widespread outrage by proroguing parliament. But the increasing prevalence of measles must be understood in the broader context of rising populist sentiment and drawn-out political crises.

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