News Outlets Examine Challenges, Setbacks In Efforts To Eliminate Polio From Pakistan
The Telegraph: Arson, panic and anti-vaxxers: The vaccination scare which threatens the global war on polio
“…The hysteria of April 22 [– when a mob ransacked and burned a clinic in Pakistan over rumors about polio vaccine –] marked a worrying setback for a campaign which had been on the cusp of eradicating what was once a worldwide scourge, but has faltered. … [A]fter years of declining cases, 2018 saw an increase and monitors last year admitted the final global push for eradication appeared to have stalled. With 13 cases now detected so far in Pakistan this year, the 2019 tally in that country has already surpassed last year…” (Farmer, 5/10).
Washington Post: Pakistan had all but eliminated polio. Then things went badly wrong.
“…Since [April 22], the anti-polio drive has been suspended until July while officials scramble to regroup. Half a dozen vaccinators or their guards have been killed, and new cases of children with numb or paralyzed limbs are being reported every week, setting back years of effort to eliminate the virus, health workers say…” (Khan/Constable, 5/10).