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The Global Polio Eradication Initiative officially launched
a Global Emergency Action Plan 2012-2013 in the margins of the World Health Assembly this week.  The Plan aims to better support the remaining endemic countries to boost vaccination coverage to levels needed to stop polio transmission.  The Plan is launched as polio eradication is at a tipping
point.  Although the number of polio cases is lower this year than in any
previous 4-month period over the last ten years, it is estimated that failure
to achieve success could lead within a decade to as many as 200,000 paralyzed children a year worldwide. 

The full Plan is available at

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