Pakistan Re-Launches Polio Vaccination Campaign Amid Increased Security

“Pakistan’s ambassador for polio eradication, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, re-launched the anti-polio campaign in Sindh [province] on Tuesday,” Pakistan Today reports. “Aseefa administered anti-polio vaccine drops to infants in Karachi and distributed gifts among the children,” according to the newspaper (1/8). “The campaign in the city was halted last month after deadly attacks on polio teams in the metropolis,” the News Tribe writes (Jan, 1/8). The Voice of Russia U.K. Edition reports campaign workers were provided with high-level security, and the vaccinators aim to immunize more than 2.5 million children. The news service provides audio of a discussion on polio in Pakistan, in which “VoR’s Brendan Cole discusses the issue with senior research fellow for the Asia program at Chatham House, Gareth Price; Heidi Larson, senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Abdul Majid Katme from the Islamic Medical Association; and Zeenia Satti, an Islamabad-based columnist and security analyst” (1/8).

The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.

KFF Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270 | Email Alerts: | |

The independent source for health policy research, polling, and news, KFF is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.