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Over the centuries, Polio has crippled many lives. In 1988, close to 1,000 cases of paralytic polio were recorded every day in 125 endemic countries.1 It was at that point that the World Health Organization took action and launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Sanofi Pasteur has been involved in this fight from the very beginning. We have provided more than 6 billion doses of oral polio vaccine and more than one billion doses of IPV and IPV-containing combination vaccines which made the final stage of the Eradication Initiative program possible. We could be soon living in a polio-free world. Polio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988.2

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References

  1. WHO. Fact sheet N°114. Updated April 2017. Accessed January 2018. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs114/en/
  2. WHO. 10 facts on polio eradication. WHO website. Last updated April 2017. Accessed April 2018. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/polio/en/
  3. CDC. Poliomyelitis: Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. The Pink Book, 9th ed. CDC. 2006. Pp. 231-244. Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/polio.pdf
  4. WHO. Poliomyelitis, media center fact sheet N°110. Updated April 2017. Accessed January 2018. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs114/en/

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