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Gary R. Bunt

Polio in Pakistan

The News (Pakistan), Polio remains an endemic in Pakistan

"Since the vaccines are primarily produced in western countries, militant groups like the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) propagandize that they are made out of pig fat or contain alcohol, both items being forbidden in Islam. Some clerics have also denounced the vaccines. In early 2012, it was reported that some parents refused to get their children vaccinated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA on religious grounds but overall religious refusals in the rest of the country have “decreased manifold”."

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