Global Virus Network on World Polio Day

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As yesterday marked World Polio Day, the Global Virus Network (GVN) takes this opportunity to acknowledge successes in polio eradication and to renew vaccination efforts. The GVN applauds the concerted global effort and the dedication of many health workers which led to India being removed from the list of countries with active transmission of wild poliovirus. Much work remains to be done in polio endemic countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Using culturally sensitive, community-based polio immunization campaigns, we expect that new cases of this crippling childhood disease may be prevented. GVN poliovirus experts, including Konstantin Chumakov of the US-FDA, are collaborating on polio research and surveillance with the help of funding generously provided by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. GVN experts in medical virology stand ready to assist scientists worldwide on polio and related viral diseases for the benefit of the global community.

About the Global Virus Network (GVN)

The Global Virus Network (GVN) is a non-profit, 501 C 3 organization, comprised of leading medical virologists from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The GVN’s mission is to combat emerging pandemic viral threats through international collaborative research, training the next generation of medical virologists, and advocacy. For more information, please contact Nora Grannell at

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