The New Normal: Finding The Path Back To Eradication In The Time Of Coronavirus

This 18th IMB Report follows videoconference meetings that the Board held with the GPEI Strategy Committee, donors, wider polio partners and the governments of the polio-endemic countries on 29 and 30 June and 1 July 2020. The discussions were complex because they had to take account not only of the programmatic weaknesses and action needed to transform them before COVID-19 struck, but how to build the impact of COVID-19 into the GPEI’s ongoing strategic approach to polio eradication. The conversations also had to explore whether the period of pause and reflection, imposed on the Polio Programme by COVID-19, had caused the leadership of the Polio Programme to think differently about the path to eradication.