The first case of polio in the U.S. in a decade has triggered intense debate and unease. On Friday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a disaster after polio virus was detected in the wastewater of a third county in the state.
Health officials are advocating for improving domestic vaccination rates to prevent a resurgence of polio, as they should. But this is only part of the solution. Expanding the vaccine supply is the other part. Without a reliable vaccine supply, there’s no way to ensure all children are vaccinated.