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Research

Research is a vital component of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, providing the necessary evidence to guide the final steps to a lasting polio-free world and beyond. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative coordinates and supports an extensive programme of research from a wide range of core scientific disciplines. The research programme has two broad objectives:

  • to identify, develop and evaluate new tools and tailored approaches to maximize the impact of eradication efforts
  • to inform long-term policy for the post-eradication era.

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Research is a vital component of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Current research areas include :

  • Optimizing oral polio vaccine efficacy
  • Optimizing oral polio vaccine delivery
  • Developing affordable inactivated polio vaccine
  • Managing risks associated with vaccine-derived polioviruses and vaccine-associated paralytic polio (including OPV cessation)
  • Antivirals
  • Polio diagnostics
  • Surveillance research