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  • Immunizing 116 Million Children Against Polio in Africa
    More than 190,000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent. ...More
    March 24, 2017 Posted in News
  • Scientists Prove That New Approach to Polio Vaccines Works
    Scientists have identified new ways to provide vaccines against polio, which do not require the growth of live virus for their manufacture. Despite the success of vaccines produced from 'virus-like particles' (VLPs) for hepatitis B and human papilloma viruses, poliovirus ...More
    February 1, 2017 Posted in News
  • Southern Research Project Aims to Prevent Future Polio Outbreaks
    Poliomyelitis is a crippling and potentially fatal disease caused by a virus. As recently as 60 years ago, there were few diseases more frightening to parents of young children than polio. Today, polio cannot be cured. It is extremely rare, however, because it is safely and ...More
    October 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • Penn-Led Team Develops Plant-Based Polio Booster Vaccine
    Jonas Salk created a vaccine against polio that has been used since 1955; Albert Sabin created another version that has been on the market since 1961. Together, these two vaccines have nearly eliminated polio from the face of the earth -- emphasis on nearly. Outbreaks have ...More
    July 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Creating Safer Polio Vaccine Strains for the Post-Eradication Era
    While the goal of polio virus eradication is in sight, there are concerns about post-eradication manufacturing and stockpiling vaccine stores containing live virus that could escape and repopulate the environment. A study published Dec. 31 in PLOS Pathogens reports the ...More
    January 3, 2016 Posted in News
  • A Polio-Free World is Within Our Grasp, but WHO Says There is Still Much to Be Done
    Over the course of the last year, important progress has been made toward polio eradication. World Polio Day on October 24 is an opportunity to celebrate how far we have come – and to prepare for the year ahead. The World Health Organization (WHO) is continuing its ...More
    October 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Vaccination Teams Work to Keep Iraq Polio Free and Combat the Spread of Cholera
    A nationwide campaign to vaccinate 5.8 million children in Iraq against polio was concluded on Oct. 11, 2015 after a two-day extension recommended by the Ministry of Health to achieve maximum vaccination coverage. This effort to ensure that Iraq remains polio free also ...More
    October 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Islamist Insurgency Strongly Influences Where Polio Occurs
    Islamist insurgency has had a strong effect on where polio cases occur since 2011, potentially as a reaction to the use of counterinsurgency strategies, according to new research led by UCL. In research published today in the open access journal Globalization and Health, ...More
    October 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • IHR Emergency Committee Meets on International Spread of Wild Poliovirus
    The sixth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general on Aug. 4, 2015. Afghanistan ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Africa Advances Toward a Polio-Free Continent
    In the Horn of Africa, no wild polio cases have been reported since the last case in central Somalia on Aug. 11, 2014. Although it is not yet an official milestone on the path to polio-free certification, today marks one year since the last wild polio case was detected on ...More
    August 13, 2015 Posted in News
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