Afghan Taliban lift ban on World Health Organisation

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Afghan Taliban have lifted a ban on World Health Organisation (WHO) activities in areas it controls, a spokesperson for the group said, reversing a stance that had been complicating efforts to eradicate polio.
The Taliban in April banned the WHO and International Committee of the Red Cross, citing their “suspicious activities” during vaccination campaigns, which threatened to deepen one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
The health arm of the United Nations (UN) has been carrying out a vaccination campaign in Afghanistan, one of just three countries where polio is still endemic.

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