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03 Feb 2017 description

The importance of detecting type 2 polioviruses ‘post-switch’

3 February 2017 – In April 2016, the type 2 poliovirus component of trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) was successfully removed from routine immunization programmes around the world, through the globally-synchronized switch from trivalent to bivalent OPV (containing only type 1 and 3 serotypes). Since then, surveillance for type 2 polioviruses from any source globally has been intensified. Why is this important? And how significant is the detection of type 2 strain in a post-switch world?

25 Jul 2016 description

With nearly two years since the last case of wild polio on the continent, the Africa Regional Certification Commission has met to review progress.

The annual meeting of the Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for the Eradication of Polio took place in Algeria from 27 June–01 July 2016 to assess progress towards the certification of the African region as polio-free. A Secretariat comprised of representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) from the African region chaired the meeting of 47 African Member states, represented by National Polio Committees.