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Ending Polio Is Moral, Practical

TIME: What It Will Take to End Polio
Jeffrey Kluger, editor at large for TIME magazine and TIME.com

“Franklin Roosevelt never knew the Pakistani babies battling polio today, but he knew their pain. The world is fighting to end that suffering forever. … It made him a champion of children with polio — an effort that led to the March of Dimes and the later Salk and Sabin vaccines — and for that matter a champion of all people who suffered hardship. … The effort to snuff out polio altogether is more than merely the moral thing, it’s also the practical thing. Bill Gates repeatedly stresses that $1 billion spent per year over the next few years can save $50 billion of the next 20 years, money that would otherwise be spent treating polio and constantly fighting the brushfire war of vaccinating against outbreaks. Eliminate the disease for good and those costs go with it. What’s more, the delivery networks that are put in place to do the job can be easily repurposed to fight other diseases…” (10/2).

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