Gates, Britain give $130 mn to fight polio

Davos: Internet billionaire Bill Gates and British Prime Minister David Cameron today gave USD 130 million between them to help developing countries eradicate polio.

"We need to take these next two years, to intensify the campaign. It`s an expensive campaign," Gates told the World Economic Forum in Davos.

"It costs about a billion a year to buy the drugs, to get the vaccines out there, to find the children. Our foundation is adding 100 million today to the polio campaign," the billionaire added, to applause.

Meanwhile, Cameron said that Britain would double its contribution to the campaign "from 30 million to 60 million dollars" despite his pledge to cut his government`s overall spending dramatically.

"There is never a wrong time to do the right thing," said the British PM.

Bureau report

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