Orin Levine


Bill Gates’ humanitarian plan for world (vaccination) domination | 

Bill Gates vaccine

Bill Gates loves vaccines.

He says so all the time. The media, as well as the social media hipsterverse, regularly report on this love affair, usually cheering along with Gates in favor of the cause of polio eradication — a cause which was advanced recently at a meeting he and other glitterati convened in Abu Dhabi, the world’s richest city.

Gates says the very foundation of his foundation comes from his realization in the 1990s that kids were dying for lack of access to a vaccine we in the rich world take for granted. As a result, boosting vaccination worldwide became the prime mover, the raison d’être, for what would soon be the world’s biggest philanthropy.

Yet few appreciate today just how revolutionary, and unlikely, was the start of this love affair.

Promoting this powerful, fundamental tool for children’s health may look now like an obvious humanitarian thing for a philanthropist to do. But it wasn’t either obvious or that celebrated when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation started down this path (pun intended) in the 1990s.

The Gates Foundation’s push for a revolution in immunization was greeted, from the outset, by a weird combination of controversy and apathy. Continue reading

Fighting pneumonia, world’s biggest killer of children | 

There are a number of news stories out there now marking the big roll-out this week of a new vaccine against pneumonia. Here’s one story out of Kenya, and another which notes this is just the beginning of a global effort.

Sarah Boseley at The Guardian takes note, and also asks if it could have been done at less cost.

For a good overview of what this is all about, and why it is so significant, read this column by Johns Hopkins pneumonia expert Dr. Orin Levine at Huffington Post.

Here’s a nice informational video from GAVI profiling the roll-out in Nicaragua:

Fighting Pneumonia

World Pneumonia Day | 


Pneumo Fighter

Today is World Pneumonia Day

Here’s a few fast facts:

1. Pneumonia kills more children under the age of five than any other disease, claiming a young life every 20 seconds.

2. For every child that dies from pneumonia in the industrialized world, 2000 more die in developing countries.

3. Pneumonia is one of global health’s most solvable problems.

4. More than one million young lives could be saved annually with universal access to vaccines and antibiotics.

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