We need vaccine development in developing countries

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Vaccines cross borders readily given their relative ease of administration and durable effects. Not only have vaccines contributed to long-term health gains in high-income countries and the decisive eradication of smallpox, but vaccination campaigns in developing countries have played an important part in reducing neonatal mortality. Yet the ongoing setbacks in the global mission to control poliomyelitis, which have included violent targeted opposition to polio vaccination projects in Pakistan, emphasise the political dimension of health programmes and of vaccination in particular.

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The Lancet

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