A resolution urging all member states to accelerate the initiative to eradicate polio by the end of the year 2000 was unanimously passed at the World Health Assembly. There was unanimous support for the proposal of WHO to contain all laboratory stocks of the poliovirus. 46 countries spoke from the floor to pledge their commitment to support the assembly for the final assault on polio. Several countries volunteered to help the remaining endemic countries of Asia and Africa such as Argentina, Brazil and Cuba including veterans of polio campaigns in the Americas. Moreover, the Rotary International immediately offered its 1.4 million volunteers as "foot soldiers" in the campaign against polio.