WHO: Global leaders commit $2.6 billion to end polio – GMA News Online

BERLIN — Global leaders committed $2.6 billion in funding at the World Health Summit on Thursday to end polio, the World Health Organization said.
The funding will support global efforts to overcome the final hurdles to polio eradication, vaccinate 370 million children annually over the next five years and continue disease surveillance across 50 countries, the organization said.
"The new detections of polio this year in previously polio-free countries are a stark reminder that if we do not deliver our goal of ending polio everywhere, it may resurge globally,” said WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus in a statement.
Today at the @WorldHealthSmt in Berlin, global leaders confirmed USD 2.6 billion in funding toward the Global #Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2022-26 Strategy to #EndPolio.

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Almost half of the amount pledged will come from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which on Sunday committed $1.2 billion to the cause. 
Polio is a highly infectious disease spread mainly through contamination by fecal matter, used to kill and paralyze thousands of children annually. While there is no known cure, three injections of the vaccine provide nearly 100% immunity.
Governments and foundations aim to end polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the last two countries where the virus continues to circulate. — Reuters


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