Global polio eradication campaigns suspended – first time in 30 years

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PARIS: The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt an unprecedented blow to the world?s battle against polio, the head of the global organisation to combat the disease told AFP Thursday after it suspended vaccination campaigns for the first time in three decades. With the coronavirus marching swiftly across the world and nations imposing strict travel restrictions to slow its spread, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has announced that its health workers cannot continue their immunisation drives ? and warned this risks a resurgence of the poliovirus.

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