U.K. Pledges £100M To Polio Eradication Efforts

BBC News: U.K. pledges £100m to global polio fight
“The U.K. has pledged to donate £100m to a global bid to eradicate polio by 2020. The money will go towards immunizing up to 45 million children against polio every year until then, in the hope the world can be declared polio-free…” (8/4).

The Guardian: U.K. pledges £100m to global efforts to eradicate polio
“…Britain has a long-standing commitment to make polio the second disease in history to be eradicated, after smallpox. Jim Calverley, the polio lead at Results U.K., an anti-poverty advocacy group, said: ‘The U.K. has been very much at the forefront of polio eradication. It wouldn’t be right to say that the money the Department for International Development has provided will do it on its own, but it will have a massive impact on leveraging other countries to step up’…” (McVeigh, 8/3).

Independent: U.K. to commit £100m to eradicate polio worldwide
“…It is hoped the move, hailed as ‘fantastic’ by Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates, will completely wipe out the disease…” (Peck, 8/4).

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