WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2005 – The Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute, a leader in promoting the development and use of vaccines to prevent disease, today announced that it has received a grant of US$21.8 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Sabin Vaccine Institute will use this grant—one of the largest awards ever in helminth infection research—to advance its Human Hookworm Vaccine Initiative (HHVI).
NEW CANAAN, CT— Albert Z. Kapikian, MD, physician, medical pioneer and viral diseases researcher, received the prestigious Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal at a ceremony on May 10, 2005. Kapikian is the 13th recipient of this recognition, awarded annually by the Sabin Vaccine Institute to honor achievements by vaccinologists and infectious disease experts.
Recent outbreaks of a deadly diarrheal disease in Central America have galvanized national leaders, doctors, nurses and parents, as they battle against the killer disease known as rotavirus. Though it affects rich and poor children alike, the disease causes most of its devastation in developing countries, where rotavirus strikes mainly infants and young children; each year approximately 500,000 children around the world die from the disease.
WASHINGTON, DC, January 26, 2005—Clinical trials to test the safety of a first-of-its-kind human hookworm vaccine will begin in the Washington, DC area in a couple of months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration conferred investigational new drug status on the vaccine.
July 7, 2004
NEW CANAAN, CT — Fever, cough, aches and chills mean one thing to most of us as the winter months draw near—influenza, the flu, is circulating again in our community. If we could avoid the misery and potential complications, most of us would choose to do so. Each year, we hope there will be plentiful vaccine, yet once again we have scarce supply.
COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY — Health experts wrapped up a meeting here Tuesday to formulate recommendations for vaccine policy in the event of a pandemic flu outbreak. The group acknowledges that routine annual influenza epidemics would be overshadowed by the looming calamity posed by a pandemic influenza event.
NEW CANAAN, CT —Recent highly publicized vaccine shortages have cast a shadow over the otherwise enormous success of vaccines as a tool for disease prevention around the world. Vaccines have been the cornerstone of public health for the past 50 years and shortages have shaken public confidence and exposed real vulnerabilities in the current system of vaccines production.
NEW CANAAN, CT — A global flu outbreak—flu pandemic—strikes three or four times in a century, with a new strain of flu met by weak immune resistance around the globe. The pandemic flu of 1918 killed 40 million people; at least two lesser pandemics occurred in the last half of the 20th century.