Outbreak Of Polio P2 Strain Allegedly Covered Up In Pakistan, Guardian Reports; Former, Current Pakistani Health Officials Deny Cover Up

The Guardian: Pakistan accused of cover-up over fresh polio outbreak
“Officials in Pakistan have been accused of covering up an outbreak of the most dangerous strain of polio and planning a covert vaccination program to contain the disease. According to a source in Pakistan’s polio eradication program and documentation seen by the Guardian, a dozen children have been infected with the P2 strain of polio, which causes paralysis and primarily effects those under five. Dr. Malik Safi, coordinator of the national emergency operation centre of the Pakistan polio eradication program, confirmed the P2 outbreak, but would not give any further comment…” (Ellis-Petersen, 11/7).

Tribune: Pakistan’s ex-polio focal person seeks apology from U.K. daily over polio cover-up allegations
“The country’s former focal person on polio eradication, Babar bin Atta, denounced a report published by British daily The Guardian and sought an apology over accusations of ‘covering-up’ a polio outbreak. Babar termed the allegations ‘baseless.’ … Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza also denied any cover-up and said the ‘Sabin-like type 2 derived virus outbreak in Pakistan is vigilantly being monitored & appropriately responded’…” (11/8).

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