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The Campaign to Fight Polio in the Americas

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The Campaign to Fight Polio in the Americas

The Campaign to Fight Polio in the Americas

The Campaign to Fight Polio in the Americas

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50 Years of the Polio Vaccine

In 1985, the Pan American Health Organization announced it would eradicate polio from the Western Hemisphere in five years — in poor countries and those beset by war as well as industrialized nations. Leading the effort was Ciro de Quadros, a determined and charismatic Brazilian physician.