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New Polio Vaccine To Be Used In Aghanistan

The World Health Organization on Tuesday began using a new and more effective polio vaccine to eradicate the crippling virus in parts of Afghanistan.

Although most of Afghanistan is belived to be polio free, the disease has gone unchecked in 13 districts where security is a major concern.

"In Kandahar and Helmand provinces, the proportion of children who have not received the polio vaccine is well above 20 percent overall and more than 60 percent in some regions," said Rod Curtis with the WHO in Geneva.

"We are working with the government and with the Taliban Shura to ensure we have safe access to these areas."
 
 

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