Bill Gates Came to Hunter's Roosevelt House on January 31st to Discuss Polio Eradication
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation selected Roosevelt House as the venue for this important announcement because of the House’s historic significance, as the home where Franklin D. Roosevelt recuperated after falling victim to Polio in 1921.
Thanks to a global childhood immunization effort, polio has been reduced by 99% and we are on the cusp of eradicating only the second disease in history. This presents a powerful case for the value of vaccines. Bill Gates joined global leaders to discuss what the past can teach us about protecting children around the world from polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases. The event was moderated by ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer, and speakers included:
- Dr. David Oshinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, “Polio: An American Story”
- Professor Helen Rees, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; and Chair, WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization
- Dr. Ciro de Quadros, Executive Vice President, Sabin Vaccine Institute
Panelists discussed why now is the time to rid the world of polio and ensure all children have access to lifesaving vaccines. No child deserves to face the threat of preventable disease, whether it’s polio, measles, or pneumonia.