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David Miliband on BBC: Syrian polio outbreak a "terrifying danger"
October 31, 2013 by The IRC
BBC News Interview: After the World Health Organization's confirmation this week of Syria's first polio outbreak in 14 years, International Rescue Committee president David Miliband speaks to the BBC about the true dangers of this "easily communicable" and "highly contagious" disease.
The IRC has 300,000 doses of vaccine ready to tackle the short-term, immediate issue—but Miliband explains that we don't have safety and security for our aid workers. He says this outbreak needs to be a jolting reminder to the international community that "while there may be progress on the chemical weapons front, the misery, the death and decay of Syria and the neighboring countries is immense."
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