Michael Gerson: Taliban's attacks on vaccines paralyze children as a war strategy
And even in an atmosphere of suspicion in Pakistan, parental refusal of the polio vaccine for their children is a relatively small part of the problem — accounting for less than 2 percent of the total number of children approached in most of the country. "The bigger issue to tackle," says Jay Wenger, director of the Gates Foundation's polio program, "is the effectiveness and efficiency of the vaccine delivery program. ... Improving its quality is still the biggest barrier."
That delivery program is precisely what the Taliban are targeting in their recent escalation. And they would make use of any excuse. They sack the world and history for grievances to justify murder. And now they intentionally paralyze children as a strategy of war.
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