The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to spend at least $50 million over the next two years to expand vaccine coverage and help people prevent polio, the agency said on Tuesday.
The plan is part of the administration’s “Facts and Figures” initiative, a push to highlight how the United States is addressing its polio threat.
The funds will be allocated through the U.N. World Health Organization’s polio campaign fund, which was established in 2013 and will help fund vaccination programs, according to a statement from CDC Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The fund is funded through a separate grant program known as the Global Polio Eradication Fund.
Funding for polio eradication efforts has fallen dramatically in recent years.
In 2017, the CDC reported a record 4.8 million cases of polio, down from 5.5 million in 2014.
This year, polio cases were reported for the first time at a record 1.2 million, a decline of almost 50 percent from 2016.