Afghanistan launches year’s first polio vaccination drive

Nationwide campaign to vaccinate nearly 10 million children under the age of five has begun, say officials. Afghanistan has launched a nationwide campaign to administer the polio vaccine to nearly 10 million children under the age of five, the nation’s Public Health Ministry announced. Some 65,000 health workers will implement the campaign over a five-day […]

Pakistani police officer escorting polio vaccine team shot dead

Incident takes number of people killed in attacks on polio vaccination teams and those providing them security since 2012 to 102, according to an Al Jazeera tally. A police officer has been shot dead in northwestern Pakistan when a polio vaccination team he was escorting was attacked in a drive-by shooting. The attack on Tuesday […]

‘A momentous milestone’: Africa now free from wild polio virus

Health authorities have declared Africa free of the wild polio virus after decades of efforts, a major step in the campaign to eradicate the crippling viral disease worldwide. Tuesday’s historic announcement by the African Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication during a World Health Organization (WHO) event came four years after the continent’s last case […]