"This week the billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates" -- co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -- "will deliver the annual BBC Richard Dimbleby Lecture in which he will spell out his commitment to ridding the world of [polio] which can cause paralysis and even death within hours," BBC News reports. "In his lecture Mr. Gates will liken the pace of innovation in computers with the fight against polio" and "will also acknowledge that the final push against polio is proving extremely difficult," the news service writes and highlights several "hurdles facing immunization teams" (Walsh, 1/27).
Noting his attendance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, CBS News interviews Gates "about the progress that he's making against diseases that kill children by the millions," including polio. The news service provides video footage of an interview conducted with Gates at the WEF (Mason, 1/25). In a related essay in the Wall Street Journal, Gates discusses his plans to address the world's greatest problems, "from polio to fixing education," which he writes includes "setting clear goals, choosing an approach, measuring results, and then using those measurements to continually refine our approach" (1/25).
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