Mil­lions vac­ci­nated in cam­paign to end po­lio

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More than 10.6 mil­lion chil­dren in Pak­istan have now been vac­ci­nated against po­lio as part of the UAE’s cam­paign to help erad­i­cate the virus. The UAE Project to As­sist Pak­istan re­leased an up­date on its third phase yes­ter­day, which has seen chil­dren un­der five in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochis­tan, and Sindh safe­guarded against the ill­ness. Chil­dren in those ar­eas are given three doses each with the sec­ond and third doses be­ing given over the next two months. Ex­perts es­ti­mate that po­lio could be erad­i­cated by 2018, if cur­rent ef­forts con­tinue. Pak­istan and Afghanistan are now the only coun­tries in the world where the virus is still classes as ‘en­demic’. In 2013, Abu Dhabi hosted the Global Vac­cine Sum­mit, dur­ing which Dhs14.7 bil­lion was pledged by govern­ments and phi­lan­thropists.

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