October 06, 2011 | By Bill Gates
Introducing the Gates Vaccine Innovation Award
Innovation can shift the whole trajectory of global health and development. It can make the impossible, possible.
Every victory we achieve in global health is somehow linked to innovation in delivery.
For example, the scientific achievement of the smallpox vaccine, plus an innovative strategy to contain the disease by quickly vaccinating everyone living near an outbreak, led to the complete and total eradication of smallpox.
Vaccines save lives. They are one of the best investments in global health, but they still don’t reach many of the children who need them most.
Today, I’m pleased to announce the Gates Vaccine Innovation Award to help celebrate and spur innovation in vaccine delivery. We want to reward those who have achieved significant improvements in the prevention, control, or elimination of vaccine preventable disease through imaginative and pioneering approaches.
The winning person or team will receive $250,000 and public recognition by our foundation for their contribution to vaccine delivery.
As a global health community, it is imperative that we shine a light on those who are doing the best work to get vaccines to children. We need to know who the innovators are, so that the most powerful ideas spread far and wide.
The process is simple. Go here to learn about how to nominate. We are inviting nominations from as broad a field as possible. If you know about an innovation in vaccine delivery, please nominate the individual or team responsible so that their good work can be recognized and others can follow their lead.