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Polio Vaccination Campaign Launched In Conflict-Torn Iraq

News outlets report on the announcement of a new polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, which is part of national efforts to tackle the reemergence of the virus and is supported by WHO and UNICEF.

Bloomberg News: Polio Vaccination Efforts Begin in Conflict-Torn Iraq
“UNICEF and the World Health Organization yesterday began a four-day campaign to try to vaccinate 4 million children for polio in Iraq, a difficult task in a region ravaged by fighting…” (French, 8/11).

New York Times: Amid Iraq’s Political Chaos, a New Polio Vaccination Campaign Faces Challenges
“Increasingly worried about the possible spread of polio amid Iraq’s escalating chaos, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said Monday that they had begun a mass vaccination in what amounts to a test case of whether Islamist extremists will allow such an effort in areas they control…” (Gladstone, 8/11).

UNICEF: Mass Polio Vaccination Campaign Supported by WHO and UNICEF Kicks Off in Iraq
“Iraq has launched a polio immunization campaign aiming to protect over four million children under the age of 5 throughout the country against the crippling disease. The four-day campaign, undertaken by the Ministry of Health with the support of WHO and UNICEF, is part of the national response to the re-emergence of the polio virus earlier this year…” (8/11).

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