Gates Foundation contributes $1.2 billion in the fight against the spread of polio

An 20-year old New York man who contracted the disease polio, was paralyzed in this year’s outbreak.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced $1.2 billion on Sunday to support efforts to eliminate the spread of polio across the globe.

Polio could have killed hundreds of thousands of kids every year in numerous nations around the globe just several years ago, but the disease is currently present within Pakistan as well as Afghanistan.

The success in eliminating the disease has to do with the 5 billion dollar that Gates Foundation has contributed to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

“Polio eradication is within reach. But as far as we have come, the disease remains a threat. Working together, the world can end this disease,” Bill Gates said in an announcement.


Despite the successes in combating the virus, evidence of the poliovirus virus have been discovered in water samples this year at least in New York. The 20 year old Rockland County man became paralyzed after contracting the virus in this summer.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a state-of- emergency in the month of October, urging people to be vaccinations.

Polio was also discovered in the water in London earlier in the year.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative will need $4.8 billion of funding from 2026 and has the aim of vaccination of the world’s 370 million children.

“The fight against polio has done far more than protect children against polio. It has played a key role in strengthening health systems,” Melinda French Gates said in the statement.

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