The vaccination of more than 20 million children against polio in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia, through government partnerships with the United Nations Children’s Fund, launched in Lilongwe, Malawi on Sunday, with the rest of the countries to follow suit on Thursday. News24 quotes Unicef as saying that the first round of vaccination would target nine million children, but that there would be “three more rounds of vaccination” that will eventually cover 20 million children. “There is no cure for polio, but the vaccine protects children for life. We are working with the World Health Organisation and other partners to ensure that parents, as well as community and religious leaders, know how important it is for every child to receive their vaccine,” said Mohamed Fall, Unicef’s regional director for eastern and southern Africa.