Study finds OPV given to patients can help in killing the virus faster, prevent older people from contracting it
The long-term immune response generated by OPV might also protect from SARS-CoV-2 because of biological similarities it shares with OPV type I and type III viruses.
The remarks were made by the WHO's Country Representative Palitha Mahipala at an event on Saturday to mark World Polio Day, reports Dawn news.
Within weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak, the integrated surveillance and immunization networks in five polio priority countries of the Region were re-purposed to support preparedness and response.
For most people, the biggest worry during the pandemic has been protecting themselves and their family from the virus.
Of the nine, two were the wild poliovirus cases that were reported from Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab and Killa Saifullah of Balochistan, paralysing the children completely.
The target of programme will be to identify and cover each and every child of less than five years of age, a senior Directorate of Education official said.
In rare instances, the live polio virus in the oral vaccine can mutate into a form capable of sparking new outbreaks.
The announcement by the African Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication comes after no cases have been reported for four years.
A further 2.8 million newborns also missed out on polio vaccinations during the pause.
The plan to re-launch the anti-polio drive was made possible due to reduction of new coronavirus cases in the country, an NIH official said.
The baby was given a dose of polio drops on Tuesday afternoon and according to his parents, he did not wake up the next morning
With a vaccine for COVID-19 at least a year away, scientists say repurposing already safe and effective vaccines is the way to go for immediate relief against COVID-19.
If shown effective, those vaccines could potentially provide protection against the second wave of coronavirus, according to the Post.
Pakistan had hoped to eliminate the disease in 2018 when only 12 cases were reported, but there was a surge in new cases the following year.