Last May the World Health Assembly passed a ground-breaking resolution endorsing the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), a roadmap to achieve ambitious immunization goals, making this decade the “Decade of Vaccines.”
To highlight the extensive body of knowledge collected in developing the GVAP, the journal Vaccine today released a special supplement dedicated in full to the Decade of Vaccines. The supplement represents the collective effort and dedication of more than 210 authors, 90 reviewers and three guest editors, including Dr. Ciro de Quadros, Sabin Executive Vice President and Co-Chair of the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration Steering Committee. Dr. de Quadros co-authored an editorial that introduces the supplement:
“At the heart of the Global Vaccine Action Plan for the decade and beyond will be equity, collaboration, innovation and country ownership, so that every individual can have access to life-saving vaccines,” writes Dr. de Quadros with co-authors Professor Pedro Alonso and Dr. Altaf Lal of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.
The supplement also features an article co-authored by Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez, which reviews progress made to date in developing a human hookworm vaccine, a major initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership (PDP). Hookworm infection is a leading cause of iron deficiency anemia in low- and middle-income countries. A human hookworm vaccine not only represents innovation required to achieve the goals of the Decade of Vaccines, but serves as a tool for equitable access to health by addressing a disease that disproportionately affects people living in poverty.
Vaccine has made the supplement available online for free – view it here.