London — On Tuesday, Donor governments and philanthropists pledged $2.6bn to help fund a worldwide polio eradication plan that has taken decades to reach what global health specialists say is now the “last mile”.

The funding — almost of half of which came in a single donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — will be used to immunise 450-million children against polio each year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement...

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