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Polio this week as of 2 March 2016

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Polio this week as of 2 March 2016

  • The Director General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, upon the advice of the Emergency Committee, concluded that poliovirus continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Read the statement here.

  • The Journal of Infectious Diseases has published a supplemental journal on Nigeria’s polio eradication effort. Read more here.

  • A new method to administer the inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV), developed by a collaboration of Australian institutions, has had promising results in animal trials. The Nanopatch may enable unprecedented levels of dose reduction.

  • There are seven weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine