Third of Afghan children go without polio drops thanks to Taliban’s door-to-door vaccination ban –

Afghan health workers administer polio vaccination to children in Kandahar CREDIT: MUHAMMAD SADIQ/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

A long-running Taliban ban on door-to-door polio vaccination teams means that one-in-three Afghan children are still not getting polio drops, creating a vulnerable pool of millions where the virus could run riot.

Three years after the militants banned house-to-house health teams operating in their territory, the edict remains in force and means around 3.4 million under-fives are missed in each vaccination drive.

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