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WHO Committee Recommends Extension Of Polio As Public Health Emergency Of International Concern

WHO: Twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2015) regarding the international spread of poliovirus “The twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the director general on 7…

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Multiple U.S. Billionaires Funding Global Health Initiatives

International Business Times: A Cure For All Disease? Mark Zuckerberg Isn’t Only Billionaire Trying To Save Lives, So Are Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, And Ray Dalio “Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the only billionaire trying to eradicate diseases. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former New York City…

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Joint Polio Efforts By Afghanistan, Pakistan Suggest Eradication Achievable ‘Very Soon’

Humanosphere: ‘All systems in place’ for Afghanistan to eradicate polio, says WHO Joanne Lu, writer and editor at Humanosphere, discusses efforts to address polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the progress made and challenges ahead. Lu writes, “Afghanistan only had 13 recorded cases [of polio] last year, down from 20…

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WHO Executive Board Discusses Global Polio Post-Eradication Transition Plan

Devex: WHO board discusses polio eradication endgame “Polio eradication and antimicrobial resistance were among the biggest issues at the World Health Organization’s weeklong executive board meetings, which concluded on Tuesday. … The board called for the director general to compile a thorough report ahead of the World Health Assembly in…

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Next WHO Director General Must Focus On Agency’s Financing, Outgoing DG Chan Says

STAT: Can the WHO end its money crunch before it gets worse? “It’s anyone’s guess which of the three candidates still in the race to become the next director general of the World Health Organization will emerge victorious when WHO’s 194 member states vote in May. But ask anyone what…

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South-East Asian Nations Using Fractional Polio Vaccine Doses To Conserve Supplies, Ensure Continued Protection Of Children

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency hails new polio vaccination regimen in South-East Asia that curbs impact on global supply “Amid a global shortage of injectable inactivated polio vaccines (IPV), a new inoculation regimen, employed by governments in the South-East Asian region, involving two fractional vaccine doses — each about a…

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Pakistani City Of Quetta Begins Polio Immunization Campaign After Discovery Of Type 2 Viral Strain In Sewage

Reuters: Pakistani city launches new polio campaign after rare strain found “Pakistan began a special five-day polio immunization campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday for children under five after a rare strain of the virus was found in sewage samples, officials said…” (Johnson/Yousefzai, 1/4).

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Global Polio Eradication Campaign Expects Vaccine Supply Shortages

Newsweek: Critical Vaccine Shortage Threatens Polio Eradication Efforts “The international campaign to eradicate polio, which has vaccinated 2.5 billion people since it began in 1988 — nearly all of them children — has faced one setback after another. … Now, however, the fight faces a new threat: a critical shortage…

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CDC Continues To Work Toward Global Polio Eradication

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: CDC Continues the Fight Against Polio Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health, discusses the CDC’s partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and highlights efforts by the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to end polio, writing, “Unquestionably, the efforts of CDC…

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In AEI Talk, Gates CEO Offers Global Health Advice For Trump Administration, Says Re-Emergence Of Polio In Nigeria ‘Biggest Disappointment’

Devex: Gates CEO says polio’s return to Nigeria is her ‘biggest disappointment’ “Sue Desmond-Hellman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said Tuesday that her ‘biggest disappointment’ since joining the foundation in 2014 was witnessing the re-emergence of polio in Nigeria after it had previously been thought to be…

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