The World Science Festival published an article and slide show from Dr. Peter Salk, son of Dr. Jonas Salk in honor of his father's 99th birthday.
We forgot or take for granted the eradication of polio in the US, from 40,000 cases annually down by 97% after the introduction of the Salk polio vaccine in 1955.
But the disease persists in the developing world, in spite of great efforts from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Rotary International, the Gates Foundation and others.
Peter's article provides a powerful update to the story and the continuing battle, especially for the need to transition from OPV (oral) based on the Sabine vaccine to the safer and longer term solution of IPV (injected Salk vaccine).
I'm proud to have worked with Peter on the launch of BeyondPolio.org, focused on applying collaborative innovation to the problems of finding new and better ways to deliver IPV and accelerate the eradication of polio and maintaining a polio-free world.
Best of luck and hats of to Dr. Peter Salk for carrying on this work to support his father's legacy.