Reports are still coming in, but we’ve the horrendous news this morning that 6 UN polio vaccination workers in Pakistan have been murdered in the past 24 hours.
Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic (along with Afghanistan and Nigeria), and Monday marked the beginning of a new WHO sponsored vaccination campaign.
Local Taliban leaders banned immunization after the use of an earlier vaccination campaign as a CIA cover in the pursuit of Osama Bin Laden (see Maryn McKenna’s Update: Pakistan, Polio, Fake Vaccines And The CIA).
A few of the news reports coming out this morning include:
By Hasan Mansoor (AFP)
KARACHI — Gunmen in Pakistan have killed six health workers at the start of a nationwide polio vaccination drive, officials said Tuesday, highlighting resistance to a campaign opposed by the Taliban.
KARACHI: Gunmen shot five health workers on an anti-polio drive in a string of attacks in Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said, raising fears for the safety of workers immunizing children against the crippling disease.
By SALMAN MASOOD
Published: December 18, 2012 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Gunmen killed five women and a man on Tuesday in separate attacks on workers in a national drive to eradicate polio in Pakistan, officials said.
Family members mourned the death of Nasima Bibi, a female worker with an anti-polio drive campaign in Pakistan, who was shot by gunmen on Tuesday.