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Challenges Faced by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

After the World Health Assembly resolved in 1988 to eradicate wild poliovirus (WPV) transmission globally by 2000, dramatic progress in reducing polio cases and increasing the number of countries that interrupted indigenous WPV transmission was made. In 2010, 10 years past the target date and with US$7 billion of external funds expended since the beginning of the effort, some individuals question the feasibility of reaching that goal. This editorial, published in Expert Review of Vaccines, provides an overview of the polio eradication strategies, progress to date, challenges, and efforts to overcome those challenges that, although substantial, are surmountable.

Author: Wassilak S, Orenstein W

Published: 2010

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Citation: Wassilak S, Orenstein W. Challenges Faced by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Expert Review of Vaccines. 2010;9(5):447-449.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Polio

Topics: Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Global