Polio Is Nearly Wiped Out. Covid-19 Could Halt That Progress – WIRED

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THE WORLD’S TOTAL number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is closing in on 5 million. But an accidental side effect of the pandemic—an indefinite pause in the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio—could dwarf its toll by allowing the almost-vanquished disease to get a fresh start.

At the end of March, on the advice of a World Health Organization panel of experts, mass vaccination campaigns against polio and measles were put on hold to prevent spreading the virus. As a result, says Dr. Michel Zaffran, WHO’s director of polio eradication, “we have several millions of children below the age of 5 who remain susceptible and have not had the chance to be vaccinated.”

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