UNICEF: More than 1 million polio vaccines lost in Sudan

UNICEF: More than 1 million polio vaccines lost in Sudan
A health worker administers polio drops to a child during a Seven-day polio vaccination campaign in Karachi, Pakistan, 28 November 2022. EPA-EFE/SHAHZAIB AKBER

GENEVA, May 5 (Reuters) - More than 1 million polio vaccines have been lost as collateral damage in Sudan during the upsurge in violence since April, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF told Reuters on Friday.

“A number of cold chain facilities have been looted, damaged and destroyed, including over a million polio vaccines in South Darfur,” Hazel De Wet, deputy director of the Office of Emergency Programmes, UNICEF told Reuters in an email.

The agency was in the middle of a series of polio vaccination campaigns in Sudan following an outbreak at the end of 2022. Africa was declared free of wild polio in 2020.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Miranda Murray)


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