Pakistan Suspends Nationwide Polio Vaccination Drive After Health Workers, Security Officers Attacked, Killed

CNN: Pakistan’s anti-vaccination movement leads to string of deadly attacks
“A string of deadly attacks in Pakistan targeting health care workers has sparked fears that the spread of misinformation is fueling a resurgence of violence against those attempting to rid the country of polio. Attacks were reported on Monday in Bannu, Wednesday in Buner, and Thursday in Quetta. One polio vaccination worker and two policemen have been killed. Public health experts say there is concern that these attacks are exacerbating what is already one of the world’s most intractable public health threats…” (Saifi/Shah, 4/26).

Deutsche Welle: Pakistan suspends polio vaccine drive after health worker attacks
“Pakistani authorities have suspended the anti-polio campaign ‘for an indefinite period’ across the country amid increasing violent attacks on polio workers. An anti-polio drive was launched in all districts of the country on April 22…” (Shams, 4/27).

Additional coverage of the polio vaccination drive and violence against health workers is available from Agence France-Presse, New York Times (2), Reuters, The Telegraph, and UPI.

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