January 29, 2011 | By Bill Gates
Vaccines Save Lives
My thoughts about vaccines and polio, drawn on sketch paper.
My third annual letter is coming out in a few days. One of the major themes of the letter is the miracle of vaccines. Last year, Melinda and I announced that we were working together with partners to make this the Decade of Vaccines, and I wanted to use this year’s letter to explain why.
In particular, my letter focuses on the vaccine for polio, since it’s helped the world get to the threshold of something amazing: eradicating the disease altogether. We’re incredibly close and we need to finish the job.
We put together a video, called “Vaccines Save Lives,” to try to describe why vaccines are a miracle in a vivid way. I hope you enjoy it—and share it with your friends.