Money will fund vaccination of 45 million children annually until 2020, when the world could finally be declared polio-free

The UK has pledged £100m to the global fight against polio, in an attempt to eradicate the debilitating disease by 2020.

The cash, to be announced by the international development secretary, Priti Patel, on Friday, will fund the immunisation of 45 million children a year until 2020. The last case of polio is likely to be announced in 2017 and there would then need to be three years without a single case to prove eradication.

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