IPV Introduction, OPV Withdrawal and Routine Immunization Strengthening
This site provides information on objective 2 of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan. It contains the rationale for and resources related to the introduction of Inactivated Poliomyelitis Vaccine (IPV), withdrawal of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and routine immunization strengthening.
The site has 5 areas:
WHO South-East Asia Region is officially certified polio-free
A quarter of the world population lives in the 11 countries of the Region. With this certification on 27 March 2014, 80% of the world’s population now lives in polio-free certified Regions. Read more.
UNICEF awards IPV tender
New polio vaccine position paper
A new polio position paper has been issued in the Weekly Epidemiological Record, with WHO for the first time formally recommending an OPV and IPV schedule. The position paper can be found online at:Polio vaccines: WHO position paper, January 2014
Updated materials on IPV introduction available
The following materials on IPV introduction have been updated:
To access them, see the Toolbox section.
Experts discuss the largest-ever global rollout of a single vaccine
"Ambitious but achievable." Leaders from the public and private sectors gathered at the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany, on 20 October, to discuss the global introduction of the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).
GAVI Alliance to support introduction of IPV
The GAVI Alliance Board selects additional vaccines, including IPV, to include in its portfolio to support vaccine introduction in the world's 73 poorest countries.