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Polio Outbreaks in Burundi and Other African Nations Caused by Vaccine Strain of the Virus

African girl receiving oral polio vaccine

The government of Burundi has declared a national public health emergency due to an outbreak of live vaccine strain poliovirus infections in that country. A mutated strain of the vaccine strain poliovirus, which originally came from the type 2 monovalent oral polio vaccine (mOPV2), was identified in a four-year-old boy in western Burundi and in two other children who came in contact with the boy. Health officials also found traces of type 2 circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPV2s) in five samples taken of sewage water.1 2 3 4 5 6

Similar outbreaks of OPV-derived poliovirus has occurred recently in several other countries, including Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria and Yemen, as well as in Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States.4 7 8 An Associated Press article last week noted that in recent years, “the oral polio vaccine has caused far more cases of polio than the wild polio virus.” In Africa alone, “more than 400 cases of polio last year were linked to the oral vaccine.”3

Around the world, nearly 800 children or young adults in about two dozen countries developed paralytic polio after contracting OPV-derived poliovirus.2

Seven Cases of Paralytic Polio from Gates-Funded Novel Oral Polio Vaccine Reported

Over the past few decades, there has been an increase in outbreaks of live attenuated OPV-derived poliovirus infections. In response, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), funded development of a novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2)—a genetically modified version of the existing mOPV2—which is believed more stable and less likely to cause polio than the mOPV2.2 9

The novel polio vaccine was introduced in March 2021 with the hope that it would minimize the number of OPV-derived polio outbreaks. “It’s not perfect,” said Walter Orenstein, MD of Emory University. “But given its rarity, it hopefully will be able to do the job. At least not generate lots of these kinds of outbreaks.”2

On Mar. 16, 2023, the GPEI announced it had received reports of seven cases of cVDPV2 in Burundi and the DRC linked the vaccine strain polio cases with the nOPV2. According to the statement from the GPEI, “The viruses were isolated from the stool samples of seven children with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP).”10

Chief scientific officer at Children’s Health Defense Brian Hooker, PhD said:

It is tragic but not unexpected that the use of live virus [oral polio] vaccines would cause the spread of vaccine-derived polio given the propensity of these viruses to back-mutate into their paralytic form. It is even more alarming that the paralytic form is now circulating among the population of the Congo’s and Burundi’s children.1

“We are disappointed. Any such outbreak is disappointing,” said Dr. Ananda Sankar Bandyopadhyay, medical epidemiologist and deputy director for technology, research, and analytics on  the Gates Foundation polio team.1 2


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Click here to view References:

1 Adl-Tabatabai S. New Gates Polio Vaccine Linked to Paralysis Outbreaks in Africa: Officials Confirm 7 Children Paralyzed. News Punch Mar. 18, 2023.
2 Branswell H. Polio cases derived from new oral vaccine reported for first time. STAT Mar. 16, 2023.
3 Cheng M. Burundi officials detect polio outbreak linked to vaccine. Associated Press Mar. 17, 2023.
4 Farmer B. Burundi declares public health emergency amid first polio cases in 30 years. The Telegraph Mar. 17, 2023.
5 Hein I. Outbreak of Polio Linked to Newer Oral Vaccine Detected in Africa. MedPage Today Mar. 17, 2023.
6 VOA News. Burundi Declares Polio Emergency. Voice of America Mar. 18, 2023.
7 Cáceres M. Polio Case in New York Caused by “Vaccine-Derived” Poliovirus. The Vaccine Reaction July 24, 2022.
8 Cheng M. Polio in US, UK and Israel reveals rare risk of oral vaccine. Associated Press Aug. 21, 2022.
9 Global Polio Eradication Initiative. nOPV2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
10 Global Polio Eradication Initiative. GPEI Statement on cVDPV2 detections in Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mar. 16, 2023.

5 Responses

  1. So, what is really making these people sick? What’s in those “vaccines”? What toxin is causing paralysis?

    If we follow Suzanne Humphries’ logic in “Dissolving Illusions,” then in the U.S., so-called polio paralysis was caused by DDT, an extremely toxic pesticide in wide-spread use until it was banned in the US (supposedly) in 1972.

    If we question the existence of viruses, what other forms of pathogens may cause extreme illness? A likely theory, that I would like to know more about, is that viruses are really cell-wall deficient bacteria. But do bacteria even cause illness, let alone paralysis?

    1. Please note Dr Humphries’ explanation was more nuanced. She believes polio existed and caused paralysis along with several other similar viruses. She explained when the decision was made to create a polio vaccine the guidelines for diagnosis expanded to include the other viruses, and yes there was much overlap with exposure symptoms from DDT and mercury powder (used commonly for teething babies and gastro intestinal issues -see the book The Moth in The Iron Lung). The wider diagnostic criteria made the numbers of polio victims seem much higher.

      When the polio vaccine was released, the parameters for diagnosis tightened to make it appear as though the vaccine was showing great efficacy. Just as we witnessed with the covid vaccine, rigged diagnostic criteria and vax status as positive only after two shots and a waiting period.

      I only recently learned RSV came from the polio vaccine after sick monkeys were observed during the making of polio vaccines and a human volunteer was injected with serum from a sick monkey. The volunteer became ill and he spread the illness to others in the facility he was living in, and then it spread to inhabitants of the city. Plus, there’s SV40 that was contaminating the polio vaccines.

  2. I couldn’t find the data sheet.
    not used in us.
    their is a new polio vaccine is emergency use.
    They could have just dropped the type 2 strain. no wild type 2. only vaccine causes type 2.
    But then less children would get ill.

  3. Has NVIC reported the CDC’s plan to release and recommend the polio vaccine for US adults sometime later this year?

    Now the focus is on polio rather than the fallout from exposure to the covid spike?

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