Sabin Executive Vice President Dr. Ciro de Quadros received an award yesterday from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in recognition of his contributions to public health in the Americas and his involvement in the creation of PAHO's Revolving Fund for Vaccine Procurement.

Over 47 ministers of health from the Americas gathered for day one of the 50th meeting of PAHO's Directing Council which focused on the 30th anniversary of the Revolving Fund for Vaccine Procurement and smallpox eradication. Ministers of health from the Americas looked at major advances in the region, ranging from the 1994 eradication of polio in the Americas, the elimination of measles transmission in 2000, and the planned elimination of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).