We have very good news on our fight against the Wild Polio Virus (WPV). Since January 1, 2021 we have had:
- 1 WPV case in Afghanistan
- 1 WPV case in Pakistan
- 2 cases total in the world compared to 61 cases at this time last year!
Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) cases are also down this year… 101 cases compared to 135 at this time last year. A new vaccine (nOPV2) was introduced in March, 2021 which targets the spread of the cVDPV… specifically Type 2, which represents almost all the cVDPV cases.
July 1 starts the “Run with Bernie” Polio Challenge!!!
Our Goals are to:
- Raise $’s and Awareness for our Fight Against Polio
- Achieve Your Club Polio Goal (with help from Non-Rotarians)
- Have Fun
- And just maybe get a bit Healthier!
If you Walk/Run/Bike/Swim/Row on a regular basis … You Qualify! If you want to start doing any of those activities… You Qualify!
We currently have 58 participants representing 26 Rotary Clubs, but would like to have many more.
To signup or get more information, see your Club President Elect, email me (Bernie) at PolioD7770@Gmail.Com or plan to attend our “Run with Bernie” Informational Zoom this Thursday, June 17 @ 5:00pm (see link below)
Meeting ID: 878 9064 0386
Many years ago Rotary made a promise to the children of the world that they would not have to suffer from Polio. We are getting closer to keeping our promise “Every Last Child”.
Thank You for all you do to help eradicate this terrible disease,
Bernie Riedel & Mary Gasque
End Polio Now Co-Chairs