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In 2017, there was a total of 22 polio cases in the world. To put that in perspective, in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio, with approximately 22 people (mostly children) becoming paralyzed every half hour. Today's 99 percent reduction of cases should be cause for celebration. The Optimist's Ryan Bell sat down with Jay Wenger, director of the polio program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to fact-check the most persistent myths about the effort to eradicate polio.
By Jay Wenger Director, Polio Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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The secret journey of an effective vaccine

How a global public-private collaboration has successfully rolled back a little-known but devastating disease.
By Caroline Lambert Visiting fellow, Center for Global Development