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2011-02-17 09:49:00

From Italy's Trevi Fountain to the New York Stock Exchange, world landmarks will carry Rotary's End Polio Now pledge the week of Feb. 23 EVANSTON, Ill., Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What do Italy's Trevi Fountain, India's Charminar monument, and the New York Stock Exchange building have in common? Each of these iconic landmarks will provide a dramatic backdrop for an equally dramatic message: End Polio Now. Those three words - representing Rotary's pledge to rid the world of...

2011-01-31 10:06:00

Bill Gates leads list of international public figures 'This Close' to ending polio EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After more than 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are now "This Close" to eradicating polio, and a wide array of public figures and celebrities have signed on to help Rotary spread the word. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110131/DC39086 ) Headlined by Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, this diverse lineup of...

2011-01-31 07:00:00

Speaking at Historic Roosevelt House, Gates Outlines Why the World Should Prioritize Vaccines and the Eradication of Polio NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, argues the case for polio eradication and expanded childhood immunization in his third annual letter released today. The letter, a personal account of his priorities, also calls on governments to invest in foreign aid, even in the face of a tough...

2011-01-28 10:00:00

Citing dramatic gains achieved with polio vaccines, Prime Minister David Cameron, Bill and Melinda Gates call on world leaders to finish the job DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said today that the United Kingdom would double its current contribution to polio eradication. Mr Cameron called on other donors to back the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as he announced the UK's commitment that will see an extra 45 million...

2010-11-22 13:55:49

New study in Vaccine offers strong economic justification for finishing the job on polio as quickly as possible A new study released today estimates that the global initiative to eradicate polio could provide net benefits of at least US$40-50 billion if transmission of wild polioviruses is interrupted within the next five years. The study provides the first rigorous evaluation of the benefits and costs of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)"”the single largest project ever...

2010-06-24 13:49:55

A vaccine-derived strain of poliovirus that has spread in recent years is serious but it can be tackled with an existing vaccine A vaccine-derived strain of poliovirus that has spread in recent years is serious but it can be tackled with an existing vaccine, according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Vaccine-derived polioviruses can emerge on rare occasions in under-immunized populations, when the attenuated virus contained in a vaccine mutates and...

2010-06-24 04:05:00

Rising rates could spill into other countries The rapidly growing polio outbreak in Tajikistan raises serious concerns that the disease could spread to other regions in the world, states an editorial http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/doi/10.1503/cmaj.100831 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) www.cmaj.ca. It is imperative that health agencies attempt to limit further spread by ensuring high vaccination rates. Polio is a serious disease that can cause paralysis and death in both children and...

2010-06-18 15:26:00

WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged $1.2 million in support for national poliomyelitis (polio) vaccination campaigns across Central Asia to fight the first outbreak of polio in the region since 2002. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20091022/USAIDLOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091022/USAIDLOGO) "Working together we can, and must, make sure that each child is immunized and thus...

2010-06-15 08:00:00

NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gave the Kick Polio Out of Africa (KPOA) campaign a boost by signing the football as it traveled from Cape Town to Egypt ahead of the 2010 World Cup. During the ball's epic journey through 22 polio-affected and high-risk countries, Rotary clubs throughout Africa mobilized the public for massive immunizations and raising awareness for polio eradication. Gates lauded Rotary's efforts to help...

2010-04-27 10:24:00

CHICAGO, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The bumps and bruises of childhood can't always be avoided, but there is no reason for children to suffer from any of the infectious diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. Polio, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis) and other illnesses are often thought of as diseases of past generations. While young parents of today may not have experienced the devastation caused by these diseases, the germs still exist -- and these diseases can re-emerge...