Coercion and polio eradication efforts in Moradabad

Christy A. Rentmeester, Rajib Dasgupta, Kristen A. Feemster, Randall M. Packard

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We introduce the problem of vaccine coercion as reported in Moradabad, India. We offer commentary and critical analysis on ethical complexities at the intersection of global public health and regional political strife and relate them to broader vaccine goals. We draw upon a historical example from malaria vaccine efforts, focusing specifically on ethical and health justice issues expressed through the use of coercion in vaccine administration. We suggest how coercion is indicative of failed leadership in public health and consider community-based collaborations as models for cultivating local investment and trust in vaccination campaigns and for success in global public health initiatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1122-1125
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014


  • Coercion
  • Eradication
  • Ethics
  • Health justice
  • Malaria
  • Polio
  • Public health
  • Public health leadership
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology


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