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Taliban ends its war on polio vaccine volunteers

THE TALIBAN has ended its war on polio vaccination workers and admitted that immunisation is the only way to protect children from the disease.

The announcement from its Afghan leadership comes weeks after the government began a campaign to immunise more than eight million children aged between six months and five.

The government said it had trained 46,000 volunteers to conduct the campaign, which is funded by the American aid agency USAID, the World Health Organisation and Unicef. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the three remaining countries where polio remains a serious threat.

Efforts to eradicate the disease have been sabotaged by the Taliban, who have assassinated immunisation volunteers in all three countries claiming they were spies. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent