The Gates Foundation Provides $1.2 Billion To The Global Effort To End Polio

Oct, 2022 - by CMI

This year, polio left a 20-year-old New Yorker paraplegic.

On Sunday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made a $1.2 billion donation to the global polio eradication campaign.

Only Pakistan and Afghanistan now have endemic polio, despite the disease once crippling tens of thousands of children annually in dozens of other nations.

The Gates Foundation's approximately $5 billion donation to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has contributed in part to the virus's achievement in being eradicated.

"The elimination of polio is feasible. Despite our progress, the illness still poses a hazard. Together, we can put a stop to terrible sickness, stated Bill Gates in a statement.

Despite the virus's successful eradication, samples of it have been found in New York's wastewater this year. This summer, a 20-year-old man from Rockland County contracted the virus and later developed paralysis.

Governor Kathy Hochul of New York issued a state of emergency last month and urged everyone to be immunised.

Additionally, polio was discovered in London's wastewater earlier this year.

In order to vaccinate 370 million children, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will need $4.8 billion in financing from now until 2026.

" The fight against the illness has resulted in more than just polio protection. It has been crucial in bolstering health systems, "In a statement, Melinda French Gates said.

In spite of the illness formerly affecting tens of thousands of children each year in dozens of other countries, only Pakistan and Afghanistan currently have endemic polio.

Despite the virus's complete elimination, this year, traces of it were discovered in New York's wastewater. This summer, the virus was caught by a 20-year-old Rockland County resident who eventually became paralysed. The Gates Foundation contributes $1.2 billion to the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio.