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Why It's Worth Spending A Billion Dollars Per Year Eradicating Polio

Amanda Y. Fung

Polio affects mainly children and, in 1 in 200 cases, it leads to irreversible paralysis that requires life-long care. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) originally hoped to rid the world of polio by 2000, but eliminating the final cases has proven harder and more expensive than hoped, leading some to question whether the cost is worth it or if eradicating the disease is even possible. Learn why GPEI is continuing their efforts, investing an additional $7B to eliminate polio by 2018.

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