The coming year will also require commitment for the global switch from trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine in April 2016, as part of the phased removal of oral polio vaccines by 2019. In the months leading up to April, 155 countries and territories currently using the trivalent oral polio vaccine in their routine immunization systems will need to plan for the removal of excess trivalent stocks, ensure sufficient stocks of the bivalent vaccine are in place, train logisticians and healthcare workers and then on one day during the two week switch period, permanently stop use and destroy remaining stocks of the trivalent vaccine.
The global community has the opportunity to make 2016 the last year with wild polio transmission, but this will require unparalleled commitment in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in countries vulnerable to polio and from international partners.
Read the full report of the Executive Board on polio eradication here.
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