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Pakistan Overcomes Geographical Challenges, Terror Threats To Vaccinate Children

NPR: Pakistan Keeps On Vaccinating Despite Tough Terrain And Terror Threat “…In 2013, the country saw between 60 and 85 percent immunization coverage against diseases like measles, tuberculosis, polio, and meningitis. In 1980, the rate was almost zero…” (Beaubien, 12/18).

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Partners Working To Introduce Injectable Polio Vaccine, Eradicate Disease

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: On the Path to Polio Eradication: Ensuring Lasting Protection Jos Vandelaer, chief of UNICEF’s Global Immunization Program, and Michel Zaffran, coordinator of WHO’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), discuss the progress made in introducing the injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into routine immunization…

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Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccinator In Pakistan

Deutsche Welle: Pakistan: Polio vaccinator killed in Faisalabad “Gunmen have killed a polio vaccinator in Pakistan’s Punjab province just a day after the Taliban claimed responsibility for attacking two policemen assigned to protect an immunization team in the country’s northwest…” (Shams, 12/9). New York Times: Anti-Polio Worker Slain in Pakistan…

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Blog Post Discusses Polio Eradication, Immunization Campaigns In Nigeria

Humanosphere: How the focus on polio eradication in Nigeria undermines itself In this guest post, science writer Robert Fortner discusses polio eradication in Nigeria and the relationship between polio immunization campaigns and efforts to address other vaccine-preventable diseases in the country (11/26).

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Taliban Militants’ Attacks On HCWs In Pakistan Creating Regional Vulnerability To Polio

New York Times: The Taliban’s Reign of Terror Editorial Board “Militant gunmen killed four members of a polio vaccination team in Pakistan in late November, deepening the government’s struggle against an outbreak of the disease that is threatening neighboring countries. … The Taliban vows to kill any parent or worker…

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Polio Outbreak In Pakistan Can Be Controlled In 2015, WHO Official Says

The Guardian: Pakistan polio outbreak ‘will probably be fixed next year,’ says WHO official “…So far this year, 262 cases have been detected in the country, including in Swat, an area that had been free of polio for five years. … But Elias Durry, one of the World Health Organization’s…

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Pakistan Prime Minister Condemns Militant Attack On Polio Workers That Left Four Dead

News outlets report on an attack on polio workers in Pakistan, which left four people dead. Agence France-Presse: Four polio vaccinators shot dead in SW Pakistan “Gunmen opened fire on a team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan’s restive southwest on Wednesday, killing four of them and forcing authorities to halt…

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Africa Closer To Polio Elimination With Marked Reduction In Case Numbers, CDC Reports

News outlets discuss a CDC report showing Africa has not recorded a wild poliovirus (WPV) case since August and Nigeria has seen a significant reduction in case numbers so far this year. Slate: Are We on the Verge of a Polio-Free Africa? “With all of the news about Ebola’s rapid,…

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Vaccine-Derived Polio Detected In 2 African Nations; Wild Type 3 Polio Possibly Eradicated, CDC Reports

Media sources report on cases of vaccine-derived polio detected in two African nations, the possible eradication of wild poliovirus type 3, and a WHO report on a recent polio meeting. Agence France-Presse: Polio cases confirmed in South Sudan, Madagascar: WHO “The World Health Organization said Friday it had confirmed unrelated…

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Vaccine-Resistant Polio Strain Identified As Cause Of 2010 Outbreak In DRC

VOA News: Researchers Identify Vaccine-Resistant Polio Strain “As the world enters the final phase of a global polio eradication effort, French researchers have identified a mutant strain of the virus that is resistant to the polio vaccine. Despite this, an American expert said the war on polio can be won…

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