By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

This past week, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) reported additional wild poliovirus cases in Pakistan.

Poliovirus Image/CDC

Three cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported: one each in Khyber Pakhtoon, KPTD and Sindh bringing the number of 2020 cases to 39.

Globally, 42 WPV1 cases have been reported in 2020 to date (including 3 in Afghanistan).

In related news, last Sunday on Twitter, Columbia University Virologist Vincent Racaniello, PhD reminded us of an important achievement:

On this day 65 years ago the first #poliovirus vaccine was licensed in US after an historic clinical trial in 1.8 million children. Do you think we will have similar headlines for #SARSCoV2 vaccine in 2021? Salk inactivated polio vaccine is still in use today!

Poliovirus was isolated in 1908 – it took nearly 50 years to develop the first vaccine! We have significantly improved vaccine development but it is still not instantaneous. 18 months for #SARSCoV2 will be a record