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Goal: rid the world of polio. More than a billion euros for aid package

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published Oct. 12, 2023 11:43

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The European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have announced that they will undertake further financial cooperation to address major global health issues. The funds will be used to eradicate polio and provide those in need with access to innovative health solutions.

The World Health Organization and UNICEF, as project partners, will distribute the resources needed to eradicate polio, improve the distribution of other childhood vaccinations, and improve health systems to enable a more effective response to new health threats.

The financial package of an anticipated €1.1 billion is expected to provide funds for the eradication of a specific human disease, something that has only been done once before in history, as well as to address the health and development problems of the world's neediest groups of people, who do not have the same access to health care services or innovation as other groups.

- We are going to wipe polio off the face of the Earth. The European Commission, the EIB and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are working together in the final stretch. We will use our EU Global Gateway investment strategy to allocate €1 billion to invest in improving health systems around the world, as well as in producing and administering vaccines and medicines locally where they are needed most. Global cooperation helped us end the COVID-19 pandemic, and now it will help us annihilate polio," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

This cooperation means a significant increase in global health and human development funding from the European Commission's European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus (EFZR+). Complementa...

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