Investments in Polio Vaccine Delivery Systems Pay (Many) Dividends
Since 1988, in an effort to eradicate polio and ensure no child ever again suffers from this debilitating disease, Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, including Shot@Life, have made investments to put in place the health infrastructure necessary to track the spread of the disease and deliver polio vaccines in countries around the world. These investments have paid many dividends. Not only has the global incidence of polio decreased by 99.9%, the disease surveillance systems, cold chain logistics, and health workers trained and put in place to eradicate polio have since been used to track many other deadly, infectious diseases and vaccinate children against them. Even now in 2021, polio eradication program infrastructure is being repurposed to assist with COVID-19 pandemic response.
Global polio eradication has been an incredibly wise investment for many reasons, but let’s stay focused on ending the fight against polio once and for all. We all know, now more than ever, that even one case of an infectious disease anywhere on this earth can spread and again put us all at risk. Let’s finally and fully eradicate polio!Photo courtesy of PAHO/Karina Zambra