Gates and UK Prime Minister commit to fighting polio
January 31, 2011
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom announced that each will be increasing funding to help provide vaccinations against polio in the UK and around the world.
The Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, announced that the U.K. would commit to fully vaccinating the country's 45 million children by doubling its support of the Global Polio Eradication and called on others in the world to join in the fight against the disease. Bill Gates joined Cameron, committing $102 million from the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation and praised the prime minister's efforts at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
"Eliminating the last one percent of polio requires the kind of political leadership shown by the U.K. government and Prime Minister Cameron today," Gates said. "Eradicating polio requires innovative thinking and political will, as well as funding from a range of donors, to support an aggressive program that will get the job done."
The Gates Foundation has been teaming up with other heads of state recently. The crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, joined the charity by donating $50 million to provide healthcare essentials for people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.