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Coordinated Polio Immunization Campaign Underway In West, Central African Nations

Deutsche Welle: Fresh drive to rid Western Africa of polio
“Polio eradication teams are preparing to vaccinate 116 million children in Western and Central African nations, especially Nigeria. … The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) said Friday its teams were aiming to reach every child under five in 13 countries from Mauritania to the Democratic Republic of Congo…” (3/24).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Polio vaccine campaign targets 100 mln African children to stop Nigeria outbreak spreading
“…Fighting between jihadist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian army has caused mass displacement, raising fears the polio outbreak could spread across borders and throughout the region. After two years in which polio appeared beaten in Africa, Nigeria reported four cases in August, casting a shadow over global eradication hopes, and driving the GPEI to launch one of the largest synchronized vaccination campaigns on the continent…” (Guilbert, 3/24).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agencies, partners to launch polio vaccination campaign across Africa
“…Organizers said that more than 190,000 polio vaccinators will deliver bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) to every house across all cities, towns, and villages of the 13 countries…” (3/24).

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