My Activities as United States Envoy
In a recent blog posted authored by Sabin President, Dr. Peter J. Hotez, he discusses the U.S. Science Envoy Program which began in 2009 as "scientific and technical collaboration" with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries and his involvement as a 2015 science envoy.
As the head of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine, he and his team have contributed to the development of six vaccines including hookworm and schistosomiasis-both now in clinical trials. He states, "a component of our external outreach activities include capacity building in so-called “innovative developing countries” where there is a sound biotechnology infrastructure, despite severe poverty and endemic neglected infections."
Dr. Hotez discusses the collaboration with research institutes in Morocco and Saudi Arabia, both of which carry the infrastructure for research and development of vaccines. This will critical to avoiding and managing future outbreaks in areas of conflict.