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Gates and Cameron pledge new money to eradicate polio

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d706
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Davos, Switzerland

The philanthropist Bill Gates and the UK prime minister, David Cameron, have pledged additional funding to the global polio eradication initiative and have called on other donors to step up with new commitments.

Mr Gates said that his foundation was adding “$100m [£62m; €73m] today to the polio campaign to help close the gaps.” He said there was a need to intensify the campaign; it will cost almost $1bn to buy the polio vaccine drops needed for eradication over the next two years.

Mr Cameron said that the United Kingdom would be doubling its support to the initiative over the next two years, from £20m to £40m.

“This will enable the vaccination of an extra …

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