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Young Nigerian girl
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative works to ensure that every last child is protected from polio
The work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will not end once polio has been eradicated. Activities will be needed to minimize the risks of poliovirus re-introduction and the emergence of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV).

To prepare for the management of these risks, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has a multi-pronged programme of work consisting of research, new product development, strategy formulation and policy development.

Post-eradication research

Developing affordable inactivated polio vaccine

Managing risks associated with vaccine-derived polioviruses and vaccine-associated paralytic polio (including OPV cessation)


Financial requirements for the post-eradication era

After interruption of wild poliovirus transmission, the budget will be driven by the costs of maintaining surveillance and laboratory capacity, and the costs of outbreak response capacity for circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus. Annual costs of these activities are estimated to be US$ 200-250 million. These costs will stop once use of oral polio vaccine has stopped and vaccine-derived polioviruses have been eliminated.