Sabin Executive Vice-President Dr. Ciro de Quadros received two distinguished awards—the Distinción Balmis and the Gold Shield—during the VII Conference on Vaccine Update, organized by the Balmis Vaccine Institute, held in Almería, Spain from April 28-30, 2010.

Dr. de Quadros received the Gold Shield from the College of Physicians of Almería, and the Distinción Balmis from the Balmis Vaccine Institute, of Almería, Spain, for his dedication and contribution to the eradication of communicable diseases worldwide. In particular, the Distinción Balmis attempts to distinguish the work of humanitarian aid and international cooperation in the field of vaccines.