For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 10, 2004
Fact Sheet: Commitment to Eradicate Polio
President Bush together with the other G-8 Leaders committed to take all necessary steps to eradicate polio by the end of 2005. The G-8 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 G-8 Summit.
G-8 Action: The G-8 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 G-8 Leaders are committed to the goal of eradicating polio by the end of 2005, and to that end they agreed to:
G-8 and other donors have already closed the funding gap for 2004; and
U.S. Leadership: Since 1988, the United States has led global efforts to eradicate polio: