October 2021: Afghanistan to launch nationwide polio campaign next month

Afghanistan will launch a nationwide effort to immunize children against polio on November 8, responding to the Taliban’s decision to support resumption of house-to-house polio vaccination across the country. A supplementary dose of vitamin A will also be provided to children ages 6-59 months. The campaign will be the first in over three years to reach all children in the country, including more than 3.3 million young people in regions previously unreachable by vaccination efforts. The country’s Taliban leadership has also agreed to a second nationwide polio campaign, to be synchronized with neighboring Pakistan’s immunization drive in December. WHO EMRO; UN News

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