U.S. bound flights for Afghan evacuees have been paused due to a measles outbreak. The Biden administration made the announcement on Monday, which could stall evacuee relocation for up to a week.
As many as 12,000 refugees would remain in Air Force bases in Germany and Qatar. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby explained the discovery of stateside cases.
“There have been five diagnosed cases of measles among new arrivals so far and we are closely monitoring just in case more emerged,” he stated. “We already announced one case that was confirmed last week at Fort McCoy and three cases were confirmed on Thursday night among new arrivals who flew into Dulles Airport here in the D.C. area.”
Measles vaccines are now mandatory for all refugees before coming to the U.S.