Pakistan Government Halts Polio Vaccination Campaign Amid Violence, Rumors
The Guardian: Killings of police and polio workers halt Pakistan vaccine drive
“A federal government campaign to vaccinate more than 40 million children under five against polio in Pakistan has been suspended following a series of attacks on workers and police over the past week…” (Lamble, 4/30).
The Telegraph: Pakistan Polio vaccinations halted after killings amid panic over sterilization conspiracy theories
“…Unknown gunmen killed one health worker and two police guards in separate attacks in north eastern Pakistan, while fake claims that the vaccine was harmful started a panic among parents in the region. More than 25,000 children were admitted to hospital after false reports the vaccine was causing vomiting and fainting. A mob also burned down a health center…” (Farmer, 4/29).