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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.

Global cases of wild polio

Polio: The Story so Far

Did You Know Poliomyelitis
Upshot 4

Driving polio out of sight, but never out of mind

Polio: the unsung heroes in Pakistan

The unsung heroes in Pakistan

The story of Juan Guillermo Jiménez
Juan Guillermo Jiménez was infected by the poliovirus when he was young. He shares his story and his fight against the disease.
Poliomyelitis picture library
Symptom of polio
Highlights from our World Polio Day Webinar

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. 

Watch the full World Polio Day Webinar
Hear from Emmanuel Vidor, Global Polio Medical Expert at Sanofi Pasteur, and Michel Zaffran, Director of Polio Eradication at the GPEI, discussing the progress made in our fight against polio worldwide, and how this has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, on the occasion of our World Polio Day Webinar. 
Polio Heroes: Latif’s Story



  1. WHO. Fact sheet N°114. Updated July 2019. Accessed September 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/poliomyelitis
  2. Polio Eradication. Accessed September 2020. Retrieved from: http://polioeradication.org/who-we-are/our-mission/
  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/