William Foege, M.D., was among 13 individuals who were last week named recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. He is widely recognized as instrumental in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s and has worked to promote child survival and immunization throughout his career.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is the highest civilian award in the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

“On behalf of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, I would like to congratulate Dr. Foege,” says Dr. Ciro de Quadros, Sabin executive vice president. “Smallpox eradication is one of the greatest achievements of the last century, and I am honored to have worked with him to accomplish this feat. I would like to extend our gratitude for all the contributions Dr. Foege has made to global public health.”

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