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As we wave goodbye and good riddance to polio, it’s important to remember that just three things stand between us and a return of the virus that used to devastate so many young lives. The first is high vaccination coverage and although a great many countries have hit the magic 95% coverage, and achieved herd immunity, this target has eluded many. Secondly, surveillance efforts must be sustained so that any cases or containment breaches are detected immediately. Thirdly all samples of the virus must be logged and properly contained. In this article Professor David Salisbury, Chair of the Global Certification Commission and European Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication, gives his view of the current situation. http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/poliomyelitis/news/news/2017/10/15th-anniversary-of-polio-free-certification-in-the-european-region-but-the-hard-work-to-prevent-future-cases-is-not-over
WHO is accepting applications from experts interested in joining the poliovirus containment working group This new working group of the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC) will review national containment certification activities and make recommendations to the GCC. The aim is to provide the required level of assurance that the controls established in the Global Action Plan III for poliovirus containment (GAPIII) are appropriately identified, implemented and monitored. The call for applications for membership to the GCC-CWG will close on Friday 28 October 2016. For m ore information see: http://polioeradication.org/polio-today/preparing-for-a-polio-free-world/containment/containment-supporting-groups/