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Polio this week as of 11 May 2022

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  • Ahead of the WHO World Health Assembly (WHA) taking place from 22-28 May 2022, the GPEI has prepared two reports which will inform Member State discussions, namely on polio eradication, and on polio transition planning and post-certification. The reports are available on this page.

  • “When I arrive on the back of a pick-up truck with my megaphone and drums, children from the communities run after us in full excitement and jump up and down and ask me to play my drums,” Takatiti – A local musician in The Gambia advocating for the polio vaccine with the rhythm of his drums. Read more

Global Health Matters podcast: Catch the latest podcast episode focusing on paths to a disease-free world, including an interview with Aidan O’Leary, WHO Director for Polio Eradication, discussing the importance of completing the job of polio eradication.

  • Summary of new polioviruses this week:

– Djibouti: five cVDPV2 positive environmental samples

– DR Congo: 11 cVDPV2 cases

– Mozambique: one cVDPV2 case

– Nigeria: one cVDPV2 case and one positive environmental sample

– Yemen: six cVDPV2 positive environmental samples