31 January 2011

Gates on Polio

This is worth keeping an eye on this morning. At 9:30AM tomorrow the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will have a webcast discussing polio.
Bill Gates will join global leaders to discuss what the past can teach us about protecting children around the world from polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases. The event will be moderated by ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer, and speakers include:

  • Dr. David Oshinsky, 
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author, “Polio: An American Story”
  • Professor Helen Rees, 
  • University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; and Chair, WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization
  • Dr. Ciro de Quadros, 
  • Executive Vice President, Sabin Vaccine Institute

Panelists will discuss why now is the time to rid the world of polio and ensure all children have access to lifesaving vaccines. No child deserves to face the threat of preventable disease, whether it’s polio, measles, or pneumonia.
For twitter, the #polio tag will be used.