Ukraine risks polio spreading as it delays licensing new vaccine
World Health Organisation (WHO) warns of possibility of spreading polio during next month in Ukraine as the country delays licensing a new vaccine.
Ukraine with refusal of supplying could be the only country in the world without protection. Because of global polio eradication, led by WHO, a worldwide switch from trivalent oral polio vaccines to the bivalent ones is suppossed to happen next month.
That means urgent destroying of the existent ones that presents problem for health workers in Ukraine. Dennis King, WHO Ukraine’s polio outbreak manager underlines that Ukraine is one in 155 and says : ”The impact is that those unprotected children in Ukraine will allow the virus to continue to circulate. As long as the virus continues here, it’s a risk to Europe, it’s a risk to the neighbours.”
However, Ukraine is not the only country not prepared for switch. North Korea, Yemen and Syria face the same problem because of trade embargo but officials still say this won’t be an obstacle for vaccination.
The French vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur, whose polio vaccines are pre-qualified by Unicef said they had encountered an “extremely powerful” anti-vaccine movement which shall be globally accepted.
Situation in Ukraine may be the result of anti-vaccine movement marked as certain healthcare lobby. Yet Ukraine has 210 days more for re-resolution and possible acceptance to supply new bivalent vaccines.