Pakistan Halts Polio Effort After 8 Killings in 2 Days
But some Pakistan officials determined to continue without UN support
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2012 8:05 AM CST
A Pakistani child receives a polio vaccine from a health worker in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

(Newser) – The UN and WHO are suspending an anti-polio campaign in Pakistan as the attacks against polio vaccination workers continue, with a total of eight dead in just two days and more injured. The latest attacks in the Peshawar region today killed a supervisor and her driver and critically injured a student who was volunteering with the campaign, the BBC reports. Other health workers were shot at, but not hit. Six workers were killed in attacks Monday and yesterday.

The UN has pulled all vaccination staff off the streets, Reuters reports. Pakistani officials say the immunization campaign is ongoing in some areas despite a lack of UN support, but many workers are refusing to participate and some are holding protests. Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the Taliban is assumed to be behind it. Immunization drives are controversial in Pakistan after the CIA ran a fake hepatitis vaccine campaign in order to track down Osama bin Laden.

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Dec 20, 2012 9:09 PM CST
these taliban are stone cold killers! sad to say they will never be got rid of! sad very sad!! rip to the workers! HEY CALIPH BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA GET US OUT OF THERE STAT!
Dec 19, 2012 5:58 PM CST
Unfortunately the only words that come to mind when i read this are all related to the F word! Of course its the Taliban, who else would be so ignorant to want to kill innocent people who need help. Have mercy on the innocent who suffer living in these fucked up countries.
Dec 19, 2012 9:52 AM CST
It is sad when a government is so ineffective a small minority can prevent the whole population from getting medical help in the form of the polio vaccine. It seems any form of modern life is being lethally supressed by the Taliban and the Pakistanis seem unwilling to do anything about it -- except blame America and others for their plight. The recent decision to cough up $668 Million to the Pakistan government for 'expenses' for our presence in their country is absurd. We need to withdraw as soon as we get ourselves out of Afghanistan! Its just not worth our blood and treasure to keep propping up a government kow-towing to our acknowledged enemies. That the populace will suffer with polio is their government's fault and good reason for us to severely limit any immigrantion from that entire area of the world.