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Wild Poliovirus Could Be Eliminated Soon With Sustained Efforts, Gates Foundation, U.N. Say

CNBC: Bill Gates: Polio will be eradicated this year, the endgame is near
“Tuesday mark[ed] Rotary International’s fifth annual World Polio Day, co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and there is much cause for celebration: It is very possible that 2017 may see the end of the wild poliovirus — nearly two years earlier than Bill Gates predicted…” (Sipherd, 10/24).

HuffPost: Polio Could Be Eradicated Worldwide By Year’s End, Says Gates Foundation
“…Speaking at Rotary International’s World Polio Day event on Tuesday, which was co-hosted by the Gates Foundation, Dr. Jay Wenger, the director of the foundation’s polio eradication program, said humanity had successfully reached ‘the endgame of polio eradication’…” (Mosbergen, 10/25).

U.N. News Centre: Eradication of polio ‘once and for all’ within reach — U.N. health agency
“Despite progress towards global eradication of polio, sustained commitment is needed to overcome the final hurdle and stamp out the disease once and for all, the United Nations health agency said [Tuesday], the World Polio Day. ‘So far in 2017, a total of 12 cases of polio had been reported, in two countries, fewer cases than ever before (and) innovative methods have put eradication within reach,’ Christian Lindmeier, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization told journalists at the regular news briefing at the U.N. Office in Geneva…” (10/24).

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