Wall Street Journal- polio eradication

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Wall Street Journal (Europe) 14 May 2003 WHO Changes Its Goal On Polio to Eradication By Gautam Naik LONDON -- The World Health Organization and other groups are abandoning a global immunization approach to fighting polio and instead focusing efforts in just 13 affected countries, a tactical gamble intended to stop transmission of the disease by mid-2004. Last year, 93 countries held polio-vaccination campaigns, but health experts have now concluded that the disease is no longer being transmitted in most of those countries, so mass vaccinations there can stop. Campaigns will continue in seven countries where the virus remains endemic, including India, Nigeria and Pakistan, which together account for 99% of the world’s cases. Immunization campaigns will also continue in six countries deemed to be at high risk of reinfection. The new approach means that 297 million additional doses of oral polio vaccine and about $35 million ( PLOOLRQ LQ DGGLWLRQDO UHVRXUFHV ZLOO EH PDGH DYDLODEOH WR the targeted 13 countries. "It’s the final push," said WHO scientist Bruce Aylward, coordinator for the Global Polio
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