Bill Gates Interview About Polio Eradication Campaign

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Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Bill Gates, chairman and co-founder of Microsoft Corp., talks with Bloomberg's Michael Waldholz in New York about efforts to stop the spread of polio and make it the first infectious disease eradicated since smallpox was wiped from the planet in 1979. Gates, who contributes about $200 million a year to the cause through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pressing rich nations to plug a $720 million funding gap to eliminate the virus by 2013. Cases worldwide were reduced to 946 last year from about 3,500 in 2000, after world health leaders called for a new $2.6 billion strategic plan to finish the task. Wiping out polio in the next two years would cost $2 billion. (Source: Bloomberg)


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