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The end of polio

There have been only 34 cases of the disease worldwide in 2015. It's nearly gone—but nearly will not do

By Jay Elwes   September 2015

An Afghan health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child on the second day of a vaccination campaign in Kabul. © SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

On 11th August 2014, the last ever case of polio in Africa was reported in Somalia. After a three decades-long global programme to eliminate the disease for good, the end is now in sight.

Somalia had thought it was clear—there…

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