McKinnon was addressing a high-level consultative meeting on
"Polio Eradication and the Commonwealth," conducted at the
Commonwealth Secretariat in London on Nov. 30.
All but six countries in the world, including three Commonwealth
countries, have eliminated polio, according to the World Health
The Global Polio Eradication program, launched in 1988, has
involved $4 billion in a partnership consisting of donor countries,
the World Bank, the U.N. Foundation, Rotary International, UNICEF,
WHO, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to
provide free vaccines. To date, some 2 billion children have been
immunized in 200 countries.
[Provided by the
Good News Agency]