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Polio eradication this week:   


  • This week, health ministers from around the world are convening in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA).  Among other public health topics, delegates will review and discuss the latest global polio epidemiology.  The GPEI has set up a WHA-specific polio website, with the key documents that are guiding discussions.
  • At the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen focussing on solutions to the health, economic and social challenges facing girls and women, the Government of Canada announced a Can$19.9 million contribution to Nigeria’s polio eradication efforts.
  • From 17 April to 1 May, 155 countries and territories participated in the historic trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine switch, withdrawing the type two component of the vaccine to protect future generations against circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses. Track the switch live.

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