World Must Make Continued Investments To Eradicate Polio
Globe and Mail: Vanquishing a virus
Itzhak Perlman, Israeli-American violinist and conductor, and Paul Martin, former prime minister of Canada
“…Thanks to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), launched by Rotary International, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and joined more recently by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — polio is more than 99 percent gone from most of the world. … During this World Immunization Week, we remind people to be grateful for the progress made against polio. … Economically speaking, the stakes are high. The total global investment in polio eradication now stands at more than $11 billion, an investment the world cannot afford to squander by stopping short of the goal…” (4/23).