The fight to eradicate polio symbolizes what global health is all about. To wipe the virus off the face of the earth, we have to reach virtually every single child with the polio vaccine. No matter who they are. No matter where they live. However, not
every child is lucky enough to be born in a country that is able to afford all the lifesaving vaccines. For example, until three years ago, children living in the poorest countries were not immunized against rotavirus and pneumonia, the two leading killers
of children under five. This changed when an organization called the GAVI Alliance helped negotiate lower prices for these vaccines and started working with poor countries to introduce them into their routine immunization systems.
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