July 14, 2011
In this Dec. 28, 2010 file photo, a Pakistani health worker, left, visits families to inform them on polio in Peshawar, Pakistan. Pakistani officials and international health organizations expressed concern Wednesday July 13 2011, that reports of a phony CIA vaccination program meant to obtain DNA evidence that Osama bin Laden was hiding in a Pakistani town could harm legitimate immunization programs in the country.
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In his 2009 speech to the Muslim world, President Barack Obama announced a new effort to eradicate polio, which persists in three Muslim countries. One of the biggest hurdles had been persuading some local leaders that vaccination campaigns were independent health efforts, not nefarious programs being run by the CIA. Recently, however, as the U.S. closed in on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, the CIA used a vaccine program as cover.