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Dr. Orin Levine
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Dr. Orin Levine is Director of Vaccine Delivery at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s efforts to accelerate the introduction of new vaccines and related technologies and to improve routine immunization systems. He is the Foundation’s focal point for engagement with the GAVI Alliance, whose mission is saving children’s lives by increasing access to immunization in poor countries.

Before joining the foundation’s Global Development Program in 2012, Dr. Levine was Executive Director of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) and Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to leading IVAC, Dr. Levine worked at both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health and led the highly successful PneumoADIP project that accelerated access to pneumonia vaccines for millions of children worldwide.

He has also served as a Steering Committee Member of the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration and Co-Chair of its Global Access Working Group; as President of the Committee on Global Health at the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene; as Co-Chair of the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE); and as Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development.

Dr. Levine graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and received a PhD in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has authored and co-authored more than 75 research papers and book chapters on the subjects of meningitis and pneumonia and their prevention through vaccination. He appears frequently as an expert in print, on the radio and television, and has authored and/or co-authored op-eds that have appeared in publications around the world.

Entries by Dr. Orin Levine

New WHO Report Provides Road Map for Effective Vaccine Introductions

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:12 AM

In the mid-1990s, when I started working with the World Health Organization (and at that time, the Children's Vaccine Initiative, a pre-cursor to the current GAVI Alliance) on trying to accelerate the uptake of the Hib meningitis vaccine, there were a lot of barriers and concerns....

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Is measles vaccination the biggest unrecognized success in global health?

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 8:15 AM

During an interview with CNN this week, Dr. Hans Rosling - iconic co-founder of Gapminder and professor of global health at the Karolinska Institutet - reflected on the state of vaccination in countries around the world.

"It's a beautiful example of...

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What a Difference a Decade Makes

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 10:47 AM

As World Pneumonia Day 2013 is celebrated around the world today, I'm struck by the difference a decade has made in the control and prevention of pneumonia - particularly how far we've come in expanding access to pneumonia vaccines.

For me, 2003 is a benchmark year. That was...

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Driving Blind

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 1:15 PM

One of the requirements for a driver's license is the ability to see. One of the first things you learn in driving school is to keep your eyes on the road in front of you and to glance only briefly and intermittently in the rear-view mirror. And yet, every day...

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Tale of Two Fathers

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 12:30 PM

This Father's Day I'm missing my two daughters as I travel through Nigeria and Congo learning about how Africans are improving vaccination in the region. While I'd rather be at home with Abby and Jessie, I'm propelled along these travels by memories of two African fathers. Both represent the best...

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World Pneumonia Day's Humble Beginnings

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 10:00 AM

What do you get when you combine a socially-conscious hedge fund manager, a group of technical experts and a big disease with readily-available solution in a New York City basement for a day? Well, in this case, World Pneumonia Day (WPD). As I think about the WPD events...

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A Step Forward in the Fight Against Dengue

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 1:38 PM

Co-authored with Dr. Ciro de Quadros

The world is anxious for a dengue vaccine. It is estimated that 40 percent of the global population is at risk, and in too many countries, dengue fever is common and frequently causes outbreaks. When it hits, the effects on families and communities include...

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Talking Global Health Is Talking Jobs

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 12:19 PM

Global health has not figured prominently in the US presidential campaigns so far. Jobs and the economy are the major issues, and the weak growth in new jobs from the most recent report has done nothing to change that. And like all recent Presidential elections, this one is...

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A Dividend That Might Be Missed

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 4:31 PM

Investment bankers would be wise to turn their attention to the news coming out of London this week, as it provides an unusual yet compelling discussion of dividends. This week's discussion among dignitaries such as Andrew Mitchell, Rajiv Shah, Melinda Gates and numerous heads...

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A Winning Game Plan for the Decade of Vaccines

(3) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 12:07 PM

This week in Geneva, health ministers from governments around the world will meet at the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) for their annual meeting to discuss health issues that affect everyone everywhere. For those of you unfamiliar with this assembly, it's a bit like a parliament of health...

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Good Things Come in Different-Sized Packages

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:22 AM

"How many doses should go in a vaccine vial?" seems like a pretty mundane question. But figuring out the best answer has major implications for delivering vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. Recently, the conventional wisdom on this topic has begun to shift -- and this week, health experts from...

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Global Motherhood: Perils And Promise In Ghana

(5) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 2:05 PM

Today in Ghana, I had a personal reminder as to why our work to prevent disease is so perilous, and why disease control so promising in Africa. Visiting the storied Princess Marie Louise Children's Hospital in Accra, I watched as an eight-month-old boy, Isiah, struggled against severe pneumonia. Isiah was...

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First Steps Toward the Last Mile in Nigeria

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 2:58 PM

With nearly 160 million people and rich with oil and gas reserves, Nigeria has tremendous human and natural resources to bring to bear on its challenges. This week, Nigeria's leaders will be focused on adding political will to the resources they bring to bear for the sake of children during...

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The Wrong Policy Prescription for Pakistan's Vaccine Program

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 5:28 PM

Eradicating polio and improving the health of millions of children in Pakistan depend quite heavily on assuring that all children have access to life-saving vaccines. Geography, instability, poor infrastructure, inadequate female education and other factors make effective vaccine delivery a challenge in Pakistan, under any circumstances. Compound those challenges with...

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Access to the Power of Vaccines

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 8:39 AM

Several major announcements have been made in recent weeks about the expansion of vaccine access to the world's poor. This progress and the "Power of Vaccines" are the subject of a high level discussion today in Washington convened by the Center for Strategic and International Studies...

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Debunked: 5 Myths About Pneumonia

(8) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 7:42 AM

Today the global health community recognizes the third annual World Pneumonia Day with the release of two new studies on pneumonia and events in more than 15 countries calling attention to the disease, which remains the world's leading killer of young children....

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Polio Parallels

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 11:31 AM

Last week in Seattle, Bill Gates announced breakthrough results from a large malaria vaccine trial. The study, conducted in seven sub-Saharan African countries, showed that the most advanced malaria vaccine -- called RTS,S -- could cut the risk of malaria by as much as 56 percent...

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Progress That Demands Performance

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 6:43 PM

This week the GAVI Alliance announced that 37 countries -- the majority in Africa, but all told, spanning all six WHO regions -- have been cleared for financial support to introduce one or more new vaccines into their national immunization programs. These include vaccines that protect children against...

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The Adrenaline Rush Of Public Health Research

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2011 | 11:04 AM

If you're an adrenaline junkie and you want to pursue a health career, you're probably better served by becoming an emergency room doctor than an epidemiologist or researcher. In these careers, you may work a long time for uncommon rewards and infrequent milestones of success.

Yet in...

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Why Immunization Tracking is a Nightmare

(237) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 3:08 PM

This blog entry is authored by M. Katie Charles, one of Orin Levine's graduate students at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This post is the first of a three-part series entitled "Tomorrow's Vaccine Policy Leaders."

Consider that you are among the 50 million Americans geographically relocating this...

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