by Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics and the University Professor of Biology at Baylor University.

Smallpox was one of the most terrifying diseases in human history. Smallpox plagued humanity for thousands of years, killing one-third of its victims and disfiguring those who survived.

New Global Initiative to Advance Onchocerciasis Vaccine Development for Africa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 11, 2015 – The Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP) has joined The Onchocerciasis Vaccine for Africa (TOVA) Initiative, which was established this year to develop and test a vaccine for onchocerciasis. Also known as river blindness, onchocerciasis infects an estimated 17 million people, with more than 99 percent of these cases spread throughout 31 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Approximately 169 million people are at risk of contracting this disease.

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