Pakistan could delay polio-free goal: Gates

Pakistan could delay polio-free goal: Gates

NEW YORK: Billionaire software baron turned philanthropist Bill Gates has warned that violence in Pakistan and Nigeria could set back his goal of eradicating polio by 2018. “Nigeria and Pakistan are going to be tough. The Pakistan violence is evil,” Gates told AFP in New York, complaining that local conspiracy theories have undermined inoculation drives. “The truth is the vaccine is to help kids. And spreading rumors and attacking the workers on this — those people don’t have justice and truth on their side. “And so we may miss by a year or two if we can’t help out with that. The president, the religious leaders a lot of the supporters of that country are trying to get the truth out.” Just hours before Gates spoke, three polio workers were shot dead in Karachi, forcing the suspension of vaccination in Sindh. “This is really going to come down to Nigeria and Pakistan,” Gates told AFP. “Everyday we’re talking about what’s going well, what’s not, how we track the teams, where new approaches can help out so we’ve intensified the effort,” he added. 

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