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A healthcare worker administers a polio vaccine to a child in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Despite a steady rise in coronavirus cases, Pakistan on Monday launched a five-day vaccination campaign against polio amid tight security, hoping to eradicate the crippling children's disease this year. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Gunmen kill policeman escorting polio workers in Pakistan

Jan. 12, 2021 3:15 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a policeman in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday as he escorted a team of polio workers. The attack in the district of Karak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province came on the second day of a nationwide anti-polio vaccination campaign that...

A healthcare worker administers a polio vaccine to a child in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Despite a steady rise in coronavirus cases, Pakistan on Monday launched a five-day vaccination campaign against polio amid tight security, hoping to eradicate the crippling children's disease this year. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive amid tight security

Jan. 11, 2021 4:26 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Despite a steady rise in coronavirus cases, Pakistan on Monday launched a five-day vaccination campaign against polio amid tight security, hoping to eradicate the crippling children’s disease this year. The drive is the first anti-polio campaign in 2021. The previous campaign took...

FILE - In this July 13, 2019, file photo, health workers wearing protective suits tend to an Ebola victim kept in an isolation tent in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. The task of vaccinating millions of people in poor and developing countries against COVID-19 faces monumental obstacles, and it's not just a problem of affording and obtaining doses. Rumors flew about the Ebola vaccines, including the idea they were meant to kill people, said Dr. Maurice Kakule, an Ebola survivor who worked in vaccination campaigns. Similar suspicions are spreading about the COVID-19 vaccine, he said. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Wars, instability pose vaccine challenges in poor nations

Dec. 27, 2020 8:02 AM EST

DAR MANGI, Pakistan (AP) — Arifullah Khan had just administered another polio vaccine when the gunfire blasted from the nearby hills. “It happened so suddenly. There was so much gunfire it felt like an explosion,” he said, recalling details of the attack five years ago in Pakistan’s...

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1979 polio outbreak in Lancaster County remembered

Dec. 19, 2020 9:37 AM EST

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — With multiple vaccines for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on the horizon, Americans will likely see a large-scale vaccination effort sometime in the next few months. Older Lancaster County residents may remember other large-scale vaccination efforts, such as those aimed at eradicating...