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Pakistan's polio eradication campaign is in disarray after an alarming jump in cases last week. Eight polio cases have now been reported in children over the past month in North Waziristan district, bordering Afghanistan. They are the first cases in more than a year


Anti-vaccination sentiment in Pakistan is deeply rooted. Clerics and others have spread myths that vaccines are a conspiracy by the west to sterilise Muslim children, and a husband was allowed to divorce his wife for vaccinating their children against polio.

How about the "myth" that the US uses the campaign for espionage? See Scientific American for details.
It is hard enough to distribute, for example, polio vaccines to children in desperately poor, politically unstable regions that are rife with 10-year-old rumors that the medicine is a Western plot to sterilize girls--false assertions that have long since been repudiated by the Nigerian religious leaders who first promoted them. Now along come numerous credible reports of a vaccination campaign that is part of a CIA plot--one the U.S. has not denied.
If polio spreads out of control, will Obama count as the most evil US President of them all?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 07:45:58 AM EST
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The century is still young.
by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 04:43:44 PM EST
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