The future starts here... 2005

January 2005
New Scientist;1/8/2005, Vol. 185 Issue 2481, p26
The article reports that the year 2005 is a make-or-break year in the campaign to eradicate polio. The way to eradicate polio is to vaccinate absolutely everyone. By the end of 2003 it was confined to six, Nigeria, Niger, Egypt, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and the final push was under way. Next time, the source of the infection could be Sudan or Ivory Coast, where civil unrest is disrupting attempts to stamp out the infection that started in Kano. The eradication initiative is now carrying out a huge vaccination campaign in 23 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, plus Egypt and the remaining strongholds in Asia. INSET: The year in numbers.


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