Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

IPV Introduction, OPV Withdrawal and Routine Immunization Strengthening

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:


Understand the rationale behind objective 2 including IPV introduction, OPV withdrawal and routine immunization strengthening.


Plan for IPV introduction including scheduling and financing.


About the Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV) including presentation options and safety.


Monitor the global status of IPV introduction with news updates and surveillance tools.


Information pack and technical materials for IPV introduction, including resources in different languages.


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
pdf, 836kb

Updated materials on IPV introduction available

The following materials on IPV introduction have been updated:

  • THE POLIO ERADICATION ENDGAME - Brief on IPV introduction, OPV withdrawal and routine immunization strengthening;
  • Planning for IPV introduction - Frequently asked questions (FAQs);
  • Planning for IPV introduction - Technical fact sheet.

    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).

    World Health Summit panelists
    © GHS
    Panelists at the World Health Summit session on introducing 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.