The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has launched its polio eradication strategy for 2022 to 2026. While cases have fallen 99.9% since 1988, polio remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), and persistent barriers to reaching every child with polio vaccines and the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to an increase in polio cases. In 2020, 1226 cases of all forms of polio were recorded, compared to 138 in 2018.
Leaders from the two countries yet to interrupt wild polio transmission, Pakistan and Afghanistan, have called for renewed global solidarity and the continued resources necessary to eradicate this vaccine-preventable disease, and advise they are committed to strengthening their partnership with GPEI to improve vaccination campaigns and engagement with communities at high risk of polio.
Source: GPEI, 10 June 2021