IVI Endorses Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication
On April 11, 2013, Dr. Christian Loucq and IVI endorsed the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication, joining 400 signatories from 80 countries around the world. The declaration outlines a strategy aiming to eliminate polio worldwide by 2018.
Developed by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the declaration emphasizes the importance of improving routine immunization systems in partnership with national immunization programs and the GAVI Alliance, and particularly in countries including Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan where the disease is endemic. The new plan also calls for strengthened security measures to protect vaccination teams in insecure areas and the use of inactivated vaccines in lieu of oral polio vaccines. The GPEI estimates that eradicating polio by 2018 will cost $5.5 billion.