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2012-07-05 00:20:50

New, more effective vaccines are struggling to have an impact in the drive to eradicate polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan because not enough children are being vaccinated, according to a study published in the Lancet medical journal today. Sharp declines in vaccine uptake led to a rise in the number of new infections between 2006 and 2011, even though new vaccines introduced during this time have proven to be more effective against the main circulating strain of the virus. Poliovirus...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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