Polio eradication this week:
- World Polio Week, which ran 23 to 29 October, provided an opportunity to recognize the progress made towards the global eradication of polio in 2014. This year is the first year with South East Asia certified as polio-free.
- At last week’s meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), the group reviewed the readiness criteria for type 2 OPV withdrawal globally, and concluded that preparations for such a withdrawal in early 2016 are on track. They recommended that Member States accelerate preparations and facilitate international coordination. More.