Conference Addresses Status, Progress, Challenges Of Global Polio Eradication Efforts

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health Blog”: Meeting the Challenges of Global Polio Eradication
Chris Millard, program manager and research associate for the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, highlights topics discussed during a CSIS conference on global polio eradication, including “the strategic transition of polio assets to address other global health priorities once poliovirus transmission has been interrupted and national immunization systems strengthened;” the phasing out of the trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) for the bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) and the addition of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) to routine immunization programs; the “eventual global withdraw of all OPVs and their replacement with IPV;” and challenges of polio vaccine delivery in conflict settings, particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan (11/2).