7/09/2015

End Polio Sanofi

A polio free future

A polio-free future for all children in the world:

that’s the vision of Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi’s vaccines division, which has partnered with international organizations to support countries that want to provide their children with a future free of polio. Nepal is the first of 73 countries to have embarked upon this route, supported by the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi).
On September 18, 2014, Nepal entered into vaccination history as the first country – supported by the Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance which helps poorest countries in access to vaccines) – to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)1 in its immunization schedule. The goal: to enable 600,000 children born each year in Nepal to live a future without polio.
As the first vaccinations were administered in Kathmandu, the Nepalese Minister of Health and Population, Shri Khaga Raj Adhikari, accompanied by Sanofi Pasteur Chairman and CEO, Olivier Charmeil, said:
“Today we are beginning to make sure that not one of our children will have their fate broken or dreams destroyed by this disease.”
In Nepal, Mina Shrestha works with families and patients to promote vaccination
October 6 2014, the Philippines followed suit, even though the last case of polio in this country was recorded in 1993. So, why continue to vaccinate and why the choice of this vaccine? These public health policies respond to World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, which support the plan to eradicate polio by 2018 (Eradication & Endgame Strategic Plan) in which Sanofi Pasteur is a key partner.
One of the essential elements of the eradication plan – supported by more than 400 scientists – is the introduction of at least one dose of injectable inactivated vaccine, IPV, in the normal vaccine schedule to complement and progressively replace the attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV)2 and 3.
Polio Hero in Philippines: Guiller Tumangan
To end polio and change the course of history, Sanofi Pasteur provides the IPV vaccine to Nepal and the Philippines and will soon supply other countries in the world – over 120 countries will implement the WHO recommendation by the end of 2015. Sanofi’s vaccines division is a longtime force in the fight to prevent polio, dating to its first IPV vaccine in 1955. Sanofi Pasteur is also a partner to international organizations (Gavi, WHO, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) in line with a vision of a world where vaccination would ensure that no one would suffer or die from a preventable disease. It is a commitment to provide quality vaccines at affordable prices, giving everyone the same opportunity to have access to the vaccination.
Photo Credit : Aiko Kawamura / Emotion Tokyo

References:
  1. IPV injectable inactivated poliovirus vaccine
  2. OPV attenuated oral polio vaccine
  3. OPV, a simple to administer oral vaccine, has enabled a considerable decrease in polio to be achieved, but slows the circulation of the attenuated virus contained in the vaccine. IPV, injectable inactivated vaccine, enables definitive interruption of virus circulation and complete eradication
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