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UNICEF, GAVI, Others Announce More Accessibility To Inactivated Polio Vaccines

Media outlets report on several groups’ announcement that they will make inactivated polio vaccines (IPVs) more accessible and available to developing countries. CIDRAP News: UNICEF, WHO push for inactivated polio vaccine “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently announced that inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) will be available to low-income countries…

Polio Vaccination Efforts Prove Challenging Along Afghanistan-Pakistan Border

Agence France-Presse: Polio’s last stand on the Afghan-Pakistan border “About 1.3 million oral vaccinations are administered every year to children at the Torkham Gate crossing, the focal point of an intense global campaign to eradicate polio by 2018. But Afghanistan and Pakistan — two of the three remaining ‘endemic’ polio…

10M Children In Middle East To Receive Polio Vaccination, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: 10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: U.N. “Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday…” (3/2).

Bomb Targets Pakistan Polio Team, Kills At Least 11

News outlets report on the latest series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse: Three bomb blasts targeting Pakistan polio team kill 12 “Twelve people were killed and 11 injured when three roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s restive northwest exploded Saturday, officials said, in…

Kidnapped Polio Workers, Security Personnel Released In Pakistan

News outlets report on the release of several polio workers and guards who had been kidnapped in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Kidnapped Pakistan polio team released “A six-member polio vaccination team was released by their captors Wednesday, two days after gunmen kidnapped them in southwest Pakistan, officials said…” (2/26). APP/Dawn.com: Kidnapped…

VOA Reports On India’s Successful Polio Elimination Campaign

VOA On Assignment: How India Beat Polio “On Assignment’s Doug Bernard talks with VOA science reporter Steve Baragona about India’s battle against polio. Thanks to a massive vaccination program, it has now been three years since the country last recorded a new case of the disease…” (Bernard, 2/20).

Polio Workers, Police Escorts Kidnapped, Murdered In Separate Incidents In Pakistan

News outlets report on two incidents involving the kidnapping and murder of polio workers and their police escorts in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Gunmen kidnap six-member polio team in Pakistan “Masked gunmen kidnapped a six-member polio vaccination team — a doctor, two local employees of the World Health Organization (WHO) and…

Maintaining Health Gains In Afghanistan Must Be Aim Of Drawdown Agreements

Foreign Policy: The Taliban Are Winning The War On Polio Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health, and Maxine Builder, research associate, at the Council on Foreign Relations “This week’s tragic reappearance of polio in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, after 13 years, poses serious questions about the future of health…

Lawrence Ellison Foundation Pledges $100M Toward Polio Eradication

Bloomberg News: Ellison Foundation Pledges $100 Million Donation to End Polio “The Lawrence Ellison Foundation, created by Oracle Corp. (ORCL)’s chief executive, pledged $100 million toward the effort to eliminate polio, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative said in a statement. The donation, $20 million of which was given last year,…

India Celebrates Three Years Of No Polio Cases

News outlets report on India’s achievement of being polio free for three years. Agence France-Presse: India celebrates eradication of polio “Indian leaders celebrated the eradication of polio on Tuesday, reminding doubters that something once thought impossible had been achieved and promising to tackle other diseases which still blight the country…”…