Vaccination is among the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, banishing feared diseases from the lives of those fortunate enough to be immunized. But 1.5 million children continue to die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) is a framework to end that inequity and extend the benefits of vaccination to everyone, regardless of where they are born.
Dr. Peter Hotez says addressing neglected tropical diseases could help the G20 boost GDP.
"The group of 20 (G20) finance ministers meeting in Australia has just announced an ambitious initiative to boost the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) by at least $2 trillion over the next five years. To achieve this target they propose to shape and implement new policies that increase investment and employment, and promote competition and trade.
The work of HOOKVAC -- an international consortium which the Sabin Vaccine Institute is a part of -- was recognized for its effort to complete initial human tests on a vaccine for the parasite hookworm.
Dr. Peter Hotez says science can offer a lot to prevent neglected tropical diseases, including vaccines.
"Remember, the NTDs are not rare conditions -- virtually every single person living in extreme poverty is infected with at least one of these conditions.