Over the centuries, Polio has crippled many lives. In 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched by several stakeholders involved in global public health and lead by the World Health Organization. A that time, polio was endemic in 125 countries around the world with more than 350,000 children paralyzed for life each year.1
Since then, and thanks to the strong collaborations across the GPEI, paralytic cases have decreased by 99% and only two countries still see endemic wild poliovirus transmission (Pakistan and Afghanistan).2
Sanofi Pasteur has been involved in this fight from the very beginning and continues to serve a critical role in the delivery of polio vaccines.
Listen to some of the key moments from our webinar highlighting the challenges we face in the pursuit of eradicating polio during the #COVID19 era and next steps as we work together with the GPEI towards eradicating polio worldwide.
Driving polio out of sight, but never out of mind
- WHO. Fact sheet N°114. Updated July 2019. Accessed September 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/poliomyelitis
- Polio Eradication. Accessed September 2020. Retrieved from: http://polioeradication.org/who-we-are/our-mission/
- 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
- WHO. Poliomyelitis, media center fact sheet N°110. Updated April 2017. Accessed January 2018. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs114/en/