Parliamentarians become Polio Champions, urging the UK Government to keep its promises on polio
Sunday 17 April was a big day for polio eradication, as the world-wide switch to a different polio vaccine was actioned.
An important milestone, one that is the first worldwide vaccine change ever attempted. The swap was in aid of the polio eradication efforts to eliminate the last few strains of the disease.
The new vaccine is designed to tackle those strands of the wild polio virus that are still active in the remotest of places around the world. If this new campaign switch succeeds, polio could be the second human disease to be eradicated since smallpox was declared extinct in 1980.
With polio eradication at the centre of the One Last Push campaign, the efforts from the UK continue to urge the UK Government to keep their promises in supporting the worldwide eradication of the disease. The campaign’s success is down to the public taking action and emailing their MP about polio, through an online platform. Since the launch of One Last Push, over 15,000 people have e-mailed their MPs urging them to pledge their support.
As a result of this success over 50 parliamentarians, from across the political spectrum, have become Polio Champions and put their name to a pledge promising to support polio eradication.
Nick Clegg expressed his support, stating that, “We are doing the world a disservice if we do not push for the eradication of polio as soon as possible. I’m delighted to be asked to add my name to a campaign that seeks to do exactly that”.
You can join fellow Silversurfers and help support the campaign too by contacting your MP through the One Last Push website. The more emails, the more Polio Champions we can collectively achieve and the more commitment we receive to finish off this horrid disease once and for all. Click here to support this campaign.
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