The global health community recently celebrated the eradication of wild poliovirus from the African continent.
We have come a long way in this worldwide effort. Wild poliovirus — not to be confused with the exceedingly rare instances of vaccine-derived poliovirus — was once present throughout the world. Today, it is endemic in only two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Michele Barry and Lucas Oliver Oswald write in this Scope article that we should reflect on this achievement and on lessons learned from polio eradication that can be applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.