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Britain To ‘Stand Together’ With Other Stakeholders To Eradicate Polio

“[V]accinations play a huge part in deciding a country’s long-term health,” and “[t]he more healthy a population, the better able it is to contribute to and benefit from economic development,” British Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening writes in an Independent opinion piece. “Britain will not stand on…

Polio Can Be Eradicated Using Lessons From Smallpox

“With only 223 wild poliovirus cases in five countries in 2012, the paralytic disease has been knocked down to just a handful of small reservoirs. Recognizing this historic opportunity to achieve eradication, we have enthusiastically joined more than 400 scientists from 80 countries to sign the Scientific Declaration on Polio…

Donations Made, Agreements Signed To Fight Polio In Advance Of Global Vaccine Summit

Hundreds of international health experts and leaders from the public and private sectors are gathered in Abu Dhabi Wednesday for the beginning of the first Global Vaccine Summit, which “is expected to place special emphasis on polio eradication,” Gulf News reports (Zaman, 4/23). Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill &…

Bill Gates Seeks Additional $1.5B In Donations For Polio Eradication Efforts

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “is seeking a further $1.5 billion in donations to wipe out polio by 2018 and make it the first infectious disease eradicated since smallpox was wiped from the planet in 1979,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “The billionaire, who is contributing about…

Global Vaccine Summit Provides Momentum To Move Forward Against Polio

In the United Nations Foundation blog, foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin reports on the Global Vaccine Summit taking place this week in Abu Dhabi. “The commitments made at the Global Vaccine Summit will provide critical resources to help make the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s eradication and endgame strategy a…

Global Vaccine Summit Participants Pledge Funds For Global Polio Eradication Plan

“Health groups [at the Global Vaccine Summit] said on Thursday they could rid the world of polio by 2018 with a $5.5 billion vaccination and monitoring plan to stop the disease taking hold once more now there are only a handful of cases worldwide,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 4/25). Bill Gates,…

U.S. Must Continue ‘To Lead By Example’ To Immunize World’s Children

“[T]he progress UNICEF has made [in Cameroon] to prevent polio infections shows exactly what we’re capable of when we work hand-in-hand with the U.N. — and when the U.S. does not have to go it alone,” Peter Yeo, vice president of public policy at the United Nations Foundation, writes in…

With GPEI Plan, Polio Eradication May Finally Be Within Reach

“After 25 years of remarkable achievements and sometimes harrowing setbacks, a successful conclusion to global polio eradication could finally be within reach,” Nellie Bristol, a fellow with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., and J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice…

First Polio Case Identified In Pakistan’s Waziristan Since Taliban Immunization Ban

“A child has contracted polio for the first time in Pakistan’s militant-infested tribal belt since the Taliban banned vaccinations a year ago, a U.N. official said Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Tribesmen in North Waziristan, Pakistan’s most notorious stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants, endorsed the Taliban ban and stopped…