Global Health Leaders Commit US$1.2 Billion to Polio Eradication

On 12 June, global health leaders gathered to announce US$1.2 billion in funding for polio eradication at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  Announcements were made by endemic country representatives, donors and leaders from GPEI partners, signalling a renewed international commitment to ending polio.  This new funding will help protect more than 450 million children from the virus each year through vaccination and disease surveillance.  Along with global health leaders from around the world, Bill Gates (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and John Germ (President, Rotary International) took center stage in Atlanta to renew the global commitment for polio eradication.

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