While Afghanistan has 2 confirmed cases and Pakistan has 21 confirmed cases since January 1 to March 3, 2020, these are the only two countries reporting cases of polio and Africa expects to be polio free in 2020. With the coronavirus now affecting our daily lives and how we conduct business, the polio epidemic of the past can offer guidance for getting through COVID-19.
Read How The Polio Epidemic Offers Guidance For Getting Through COVID-19
Vaccines give us a way to protect ourselves individually and create a safer world as well as giving us peace of mind that we sometimes take for granted. Polio showed the world that science can find a solution. A new polio vaccine is being developed which would have a substantially lower risk of seeding new outbreaks.
Rotary has been at the center of the fight to eradicate polio for more than three decades. Rotarians everywhere should be proud of the work we’ve accomplished and Rotary remains fully committed to the pursuit of a polio-free world. Because of the efforts of Rotary and our partners, nearly 19 million people who would otherwise have been paralyzed are walking, and more than 1.5 million people are alive who would otherwise have died.