Canada announces new commitment to support polio eradication

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to recognize the power of vaccines and immunizations, which save millions of lives each year. The Canadian government has announced a four-year financial commitment to support the endgame strategy of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). 

Rotary clubs throughout Canada welcomed the new pledge as a continuation of the country’s leadership and partnership to support polio eradication. Canadian Rotary clubs have worked closely with the Canadian government since 1986, when the country became a donor in the fight to end polio. Since then, Canadian Rotarians have contributed more than US$41.3 million to PolioPlus. Learn more.

The “plus” in PolioPlus

With decades of experience stopping polio outbreaks, Rotary and our partners have a critical role to play in protecting communities from the COVID-19 pandemic, just as the we did with Ebola, yellow fever, and avian flu. From Pakistan to Nigeria, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is supporting governments in their COVID-19 response efforts. This truly represents the “plus” in PolioPlus. Learn more about the foundations of the polio infrastructure. 
Josh Mansee
La Crosse Rotary - After Hours, President-Elect 2020-2021
District 6250 Foundation Chair