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WHO Experts Recommend Countries Administer Lower Dose Polio Vaccines Intradermally To Make Dwindling Stocks Last Longer

CIDRAP News: WHO panel recommends dose-sparing strategy for IPV polio vaccine
“To help alleviate worse-than-expected shortages in inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), outside experts who advise the World Health Organization (WHO) on vaccine issues [last] week recommended that countries prepare to administer IPV intradermally as a dose-sparing tactic…” (Schnirring, 10/21).

Reuters: Polio vaccine makers failing to make enough doses: WHO experts
“…WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), which meets twice a year, said a severe shortage of inactivated vaccine means many countries should use a fractional dose, via an intradermal rather than intramuscular injection, allowing each dose to go twice as far…” (Miles, 10/21).

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