Polio eradication this week:
- Momentous opportunity for Africa: In its 2-3 July meeting, the Central African Technical Advisory Group noted that there is now a “momentous opportunity” for Africa to be polio-free and warned that there is a lack of urgency to capitalize on this opportunity.
- New case in Afghanistan of Pakistan origin: A child who had onset of polio-paralysis in Khost Province of Afghanistan is a member of the displaced community from Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency, where children have not had access to vaccination for two years. Ahead of and during military action in that Agency, the population has largely left the area and moved into surrounding areas of Pakistan and into Afghanistan. Massive vaccination operations are taking place at the transit points out of North Waziristan in order to protect Waziri children and the rest of Pakistan from polio.