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Wild poliovirus type 3 eradicated

At a celebratory event at WHO headquarters on World Polio Day, October 24, David Salisbury, chair of the independent Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication, officially declared wild poliovirus type 3 eradicated. The last type 3 case was seen in Nigeria in 2012. Type 2 was declared eradicated in 2015; its last case was in India in 1999. Wild poliovirus type 1 continues to circulate in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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GPEI releases 2019–2023 Endgame Strategy

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) released this month an updated endgame roadmap document outlining its approach to polio eradication, integration, containment and certification. The GPEI Polio Endgame Strategy 2019–2023, developed in broad consultation with GPEI partners and stakeholders around the world, highlights issues including gender, research and development, and Post-Certification Strategy (PCS) implementation.

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