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Public Health Programs ‘Should Be Politically Neutral’

The Lancet: Polio eradication: the CIA and their unintended victims
“…On May 16, 2014, the White House announced that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as a cover for espionage. The news comes in the wake of a series of militant attacks on polio vaccination workers in Pakistan, with legitimate health care workers targeted as being U.S. spies. … The lesson learned from the experience in Pakistan is that public health programs should be politically neutral. Although the announcement from the White House might go some way to building bridges towards that neutrality, health officials and local leaders now have the challenge of convincing communities that vaccination is not merely beneficial, but vital for children” (5/31).

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