The government has approved the introduction of inactivated polio vaccines (IPVs) to be used in routine immunisation drives to strengthen children’s immunity.
Expanded Programme on Imunisation (EPI) National Manager Dr Ejaz Khan said IPV would be introduced in Pakistan in 2015 with the support of Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). “The government will communicate the decision to GAVI.”
IPV is more effective compared to oral vaccine because it is injected, according to Dr Khan. By 2019-2020, IPV will completely replace oral vaccines.
The proposal to introduce IPV was endorsed by all members of the National Inter-agency Coordination Committee on Thursday.
With oral polio drops given at birth, an injection of IPV will ensure Immunity against polio. This is a major step in compliance with international commitments towards eradicating polio from Pakistan by improving routine immunisation.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2014.
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