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All 155 Countries Make Successful Polio Vaccine Switch, WHO Official Says

STAT: One step closer to a polio-free world “A two-week campaign to phase out a polio vaccine that is now considered harmful to the effort to eradicate the disease appears to have been completed, polio program leaders at the World Health Organization said Monday. There had been worries that a…

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CDC Will Continue Efforts To End Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Global immunization: 50 Years of work and success Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health “…CDC will continue working closely with governments and ministries of health in countries where disease takes a heavy toll and where immunization systems have gaps. … At the same time,…

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Globally Coordinated Vaccine Rollout Could End Polio, Yield Lessons For Strengthening Immunization More Broadly

TIME: Historic Global Vaccine Rollout Could End Polio Forever Walter Orenstein, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center, professor at Emory University, and former director of the United States’ National Immunization Program “…Since we no longer need to protect against wild type 2 [polio virus], we’re replacing the trivalent vaccine…

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Militants Kill 7 Police Officers Guarding Two Groups Of Polio Vaccine Workers In Pakistan

New York Times: 7 Police Officers Guarding Vaccination Team in Pakistan Are Shot Dead “Seven police officers keeping watch over a polio vaccination campaign were gunned down in two separate attacks in a suburb of Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Wednesday, government officials said…” (ur-Rehman/Masood, 4/20). Reuters: Seven…

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World Begins Polio Vaccine Switch In Effort To Eliminate Disease

Deutsche Welle: WHO launches worldwide effort to completely eliminate polio “More than 150 countries and territories launched a new effort on Sunday that health experts hope will lead to the complete eradication of the polio virus within the next year or two…” (4/17). NPR: New Polio Vaccine Rolled Out In…

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Worldwide Polio Vaccine Switch To Begin Next Week, Global Polio Eradication Initiative Announces

U.N. News Centre: World’s largest, fastest vaccine rollout targets polio’s ‘final strongholds’ — U.N. initiative “In a massive undertaking aimed at stamping out polio once and for all — dubbed ‘the switch’ — a United Nations-backed eradication initiative will next week begin the largest and fastest globally coordinated rollout of…

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World Set To Switch To New Oral Polio Vaccine; Only 9 Cases Reported So Far In 2016

New York Times: For Polio Vaccines, a Worldwide Switch to New Version “Starting on Sunday, more than 150 countries and territories will switch to a new oral polio vaccine. It will be the first worldwide vaccine change ever attempted. Polio is on the edge of eradication. There were only 74…

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Interruption Of Polio Transmission Possible Within 12 Months, WHO Says

The Guardian: Polio cases could be wiped out within 12 months, says World Health Organization “The World Health Organization is confident polio is in its dying days and could be eradicated within 12 months, despite challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the virus is still endemic and vaccination campaigns are…

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Scientists Look To Rubella For Answers On Zika, While Vaccine Researchers Work To Respond To Polio, Zika, Other Diseases

The Atlantic: What Zika Researchers Can Learn From the Rubella Outbreak of 1964 “…[P]ublic health officials in the United States are looking back to the history of the disease as they try to figure out what to do about a threat unlike anything they’ve seen in decades. The Zika virus,…

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New CSIS Report Examines Polio Outbreak In Ukraine

Center for Strategic & International Studies: Polio in Ukraine In this report, Judyth Twigg, director of the Eurasia Health Project and senior associate (non-resident) in the Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS, discusses the August 2015 polio outbreak in Ukraine. The summary states that the outbreak “laid bare the degree to which…

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