Polio this week as of 28 October 2020
Headlines:
  • Acknowledging the critical role of leadership in gender mainstreaming, the GPEI launched a Gender Champion for Polio Eradication movement. Our Champions commit to supporting the GPEI Gender Equality Strategy, highlighting the role of gender in achieving eradication and advocating for its full implementation.
  • The twenty-sixth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of poliovirus was convened and opened by the WHO Deputy Director-General on 14 October 2020 with committee members attending via video conference. Take a look at the Committee’s latest report.
  • In our latest edition of Coffee with Polio Experts, we get to hear from Dr Zubair Wadood on the impact of COVID-19 on the global polio eradication effort, and how the polio infrastructure is supporting COVID response.
Afghanistan:
  • No wild Poliovirus type 1 cases was reported this week. There have been 53 WPV1 cases reported in 2020 so far while the total number of cases reported in 2019 remains 29
  • Two WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported; one each in Kandahar and Nangarhar.
  • No case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported this week. There have been 101 cVDPV2 cases reported in 2020 so far.
  • One cVDPV2 positive environmental samples was reported in Kandahar.
Pakistan:  
  •  No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported this week. There are 79 WPV1 cases reported in 2020 so far while the total number of cases reported in 2019 cases remains 147.
  • 18 WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported; three in Balochistan, one each in Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtoon, eight in Punjab and five in Sindh.
  • 16 cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported; one in Balochistan, five in Punjab and 10 in Sindh. There are 80 cVDPV2 cases reported in 2020 so far while the 2019 case count remains 22.
  •  No cVDPV2 positive environmental samples were reported this week.
 
Officially reported WPV cases as of 13 OCTOBER   
Total global WPV1 cases in 2020: 132 (compared with 96 for the same period in 2019)
Total global WPV1 cases in 2019: 176
 
Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) cases
Total global cVDPV cases in 2020: 605 (compared with 122 for the same period in 2019)
Total global cVDPV cases in 2019: 378