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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
( Sea Island, Georgia )
For Immediate Release
June 10, 2004

FACT SHEET: COMMITMENT TO ERADICATE POLIO

Presidential Action

President Bush together with the other G8 Leaders committed to take all necessary steps to eradicate polio by the end of 2005. The G8 have already closed the 2004 funding gap for the Polio Eradication Initiative, and agreed to work with other donors to close the 2005 gap by the 2005 G8 Summit.

G8 Action: The G8 countries have taken up the challenge of eradicating polio and together with partners from the public and private sectors have raised over $3.3 billion to fund polio immunization campaigns around the world. The

G8 Leaders are committed to the goal of eradicating polio by the end of 2005, and to that end they agreed to:

  • Work together with other public and private donors to close the 2005 funding gap by the 2005 G8 Summit; the G8 and other donors have already closed the funding gap for 2004; and
  • Urge the governments of the six polio-endemic countries and the nine countries in which polio is now spreading to take stronger steps to contain and destroy the polio virus.

The G8 welcomed and recognized the special contribution made by Rotary International to the eradication of polio.

U.S. Leadership: Since 1988, the United States has led global efforts to eradicate polio:

  • The U.S. has pledged or contributed $981.3 million for the global Polio Eradication Initiative, or 28.2% of the $3.48 billion total pledged worldwide since 1988, and has also provided $38 million in additional bilateral programs in support of these efforts.

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For a PDF version of this fact sheet, please click here.

For the complete G8 document on this issue, please click here.

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