Polio eradication this week:
- The Emergency Committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) has assessed that the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). They expanded the temporary recommendations to outbreaks of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus, due to the importance of stopping all types of poliovirus as we near the finish line of polio eradication. The statement from the emergency committee can be found here.
- On November 27 – 29, heads of governments, staff and experts from 53 commonwealth nations will gather in Malta to discuss shared global priorities at the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Commonwealth leadership on polio has brought the disease within touching distance of eradication. Sustained political and financial commitment from all countries remain critical to finishing the job to eradicate polio for good.