Some Experts Concerned About Possible Risks Following Polio Vaccine Switch
STAT: ‘The switch’ was supposed to be a major step toward eradicating polio. Now it’s a quandary
“Three years ago, the leaders of the international campaign to eradicate polio pulled off a landmark feat, phasing out a problematic component of the vaccine used in developing countries, and introducing a newer version that they hoped would put the world on a better footing to finally eliminate a global scourge. Now, some organizers are weighing whether ‘the switch,’ as the process was known, needs to be reversed. If it’s not, some fear, the world could face a heightened risk of spread of the disease, currently confined to its last redoubt, Pakistan and Afghanistan…” (Branswell, 9/13).