Polio this week as of 23 December 2020
The19th report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has been published. The IMB notes the strong resumption of polio campaigns following the temporary pause due to COVID-19 and commends the programme for supporting COVID-19 response efforts. The IMB points to several pivotal challenges which the programme must tackle with urgency to achieve success and offers a set of 17 key recommendations to capitalise on the momentum of resumed immunizations.
The GPEI has published a global cVDPV resource document aimed at providing a high-level overview of cVDPVs, their importance to the programme and strategy for responding to them, including nOPV2. Available here in various languages, this resource can be used at global, regional and country levels, for high-level advocacy with government counterparts, internal staff, donors or other partners, as appropriate.
On a wintery November day, vaccinators across Afghanistan wrapped up warm, checked that they had face masks and hand sanitizer, and headed out into the cold morning. Their mission? To reach 9.9 million children with polio vaccines, before snowfall blocked their way.
Summary of new WPV and cVDPV viruses this week (AFP cases andES positives):
- Afghanistan: two WPV1 and 23 cVDPV2 positive environmental samples
- Pakistan: one WPV1 and 11 cVDPV2 cases
- Benin: one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample
- Burkina Faso: six cVDPV2 cases
- Chad: two cVDPV2 cases
- South Sudan: 10 cVDPV2 cases and one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample