COVID-19 has meant 50 million children worldwide missed their essential vaccination against polio. But thanks to the expertise of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the world is still on track to finally end polio forever.
At this moment, we're faced with a rare opportunity: to end a deadly, infectious disease which targets vulnerable children around the world. Unfortunately, even a small number of cases of polio can trigger an outbreak. While much of the developed world is protected against polio thanks to routine immunization, millions of children remain vulnerable to contracting polio.
If leaders lend their support, they could not only ensure that kids remain safe, but could help end polio for good. A tireless global effort over the past 30 years has already resulted in polio being 99.9% eradicated, and recently Africa has been declared wild polio free. We are closer than ever to ending polio. It would be a tragedy to let our progress stall now.
Instead, we can be the generation that ends polio. Urgent action is needed by world leaders to ensure that the GPEI has all of the support and resources they need to fight this disease, and help them reach every last child with a safe and effective polio vaccine. Today your voice can help make that happen.
We’ll hand over your signature to key leaders and let them know the world is watching – and needs them to act now before it’s too late.
Help make a difference. Sign the petition to eradicate polio for good.