Research + Innovation

Research and innovation is a vital component of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, providing the necessary evidence and tools to guide the final steps to a lasting polio-free world and beyond. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative coordinates and supports an extensive programme of research and product innovation and development from a wide range of core scientific disciplines. The research programme has two broad objectives:

Research is a vital component of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. @ Gavi
  • to identify, develop and evaluate new tools and tailored approaches to assess and sensitise to ensure the impact of eradication efforts is maximised
  • to inform long-term policy for the post-eradication era.

Current research areas include :

– Optimizing oral polio vaccine efficacy

– Optimizing oral polio vaccine delivery

– Developing affordable inactivated polio vaccine

– Managing risks associated with vaccine-derived polioviruses and vaccine-associated paralytic polio (including OPV cessation)

– Antivirals

– Polio diagnostics

– Surveillance research

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