Polio eradication this week:
- The week, WHO removed Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries following all samples in the polio laboratory being tested negative for wild poliovirus for a whole year following the most recent case on 24 July 2014. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free. More.
- At the Global Citizen Festival on 26 September, the Prime Minister of Malta announced that polio eradication will be on the agenda of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November this year.
- Afghanistan became the final polio-endemic country to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine on 30 September as part of the biggest globally synchronized vaccine introduction in history. More.