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Mass immunisation campaign against polio in Africa reports “high coverage”

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 03 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6222
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Preliminary field assessments indicate that the synchronised mass immunisation campaign against polio launched on 26 October to reach 72 million children in 15 African countries is progressing well, international health officials have said.

Rod Curtis, a World Health Organization spokesman, told the BMJ on 1 November that experts are reporting “high coverage” of the target children under the age of 5 years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, and Mali.

However, initial assessments in Angola indicated that the campaign “was not a great improvement on past campaigns,” said Mr Curtis. An earlier campaign in the capital, Luanda—a key reservoir …

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