This press release was originally posted by the Dengue Vaccine Initiative.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY—March 3, 2015—The International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM) today assembled nearly 150 of its members from more than 70 countries to discuss how their diverse experiences can inform efforts to improve the performance of national immunization programs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 16, 2014 — The Sabin Vaccine Institute, through the Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) Secretariat, announced today that it has received an award of approximately US$ 5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the establishment of an Asia regional enteric fever surveillance network. The network will enable the systematic collection of data in order to fill knowledge gaps on the impact of severe typhoid and paratyphoid — diseases collectively referred to as enteric fever.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 25, 2014 — The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) today announced that effective October 17, 2014, Dr. Jon Andrus will join Sabin as Executive Vice President and Director of Vaccine Advocacy and Education. In this role, he will leverage more than three decades of experience as a global health leader with a well-documented record for fostering collaboration among national governments and partners to expand access to vaccines for the world’s poorest people.
Durban, South Africa — 22 September 2014 — The International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM) Secretariat, based at the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin), today announced it will hold its first-ever regional meeting for members from the Middle East and Africa on 25-26 September 2014 in Durban, South Africa.
New Delhi, India — September 3, 2014 — The Eleventh International Rotavirus Symposium today began just two months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Government of India would provide a rotavirus vaccine to all Indian children, and weeks before the highly anticipated UN General Assembly’s 69th opening session, which will assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Dr. Ciro de Quadros, Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Executive Vice President and Director of Vaccine Advocacy and Education, received the Public Health Hero of the Americas Award on April 25, 2014. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). It was announced during Sabin’s 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium, which was held at PAHO headquarters in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 29, 2014 – The Sabin Vaccine Institute today will present its annual Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award to Dr. Mathuram Santosham for his pioneering role in the prevention of deadly H. influenzae type b (Hib) diseases, including pediatric bacterial meningitis and pneumonia. Dr. Santosham’s leadership in conducting groundbreaking research, vaccine efficacy trials and advocacy to prioritize Hib vaccines spans more than 40 years and has saved millions of children’s lives worldwide.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 25, 2014 – Twenty years ago, the immunization landscape was starkly different from what it is now. More than 100,000 cases of poliomyelitis and 1.2 million cases of measles occurred each year, and few low-income countries outside of the Americas had immunization plans. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which have existed since biblical times, wreaked havoc without recognition due to an absence of coordinated advocacy and government funding.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - The Dengue Vaccine Initiative (DVI) announced today that it has received a 1 million Euro award from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the first time it has received such a grant from Germany. The funds will be used to support the development of new dengue vaccines in collaboration with the Instituto Butantan, a biomedical research center in São Paulo, Brazil, and Vabiotech, a vaccine manufacturer in Hanoi, Vietnam.