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Dr. Orin Levine
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

Immunizations: One of the Best Ways Red Nose Day Is Helping Kids

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 8:21 PM


Laugh. Give. Save a kid. Thursday, May 26 is Red Nose Day in the United States and it's all about lifting kids out of poverty both in the U.S. and abroad. Red Nose Day began in the U.K. and it has...

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Thanks to Vaccines, Meningitis A Is Nearly Eliminated in Africa

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 1:07 PM


Today I was humbled and honored to be among global vaccine experts and officials from all 26 African "meningitis belt" countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to celebrate one of Africa's biggest public health achievements -- the introduction of a vaccine, MenAfriVac®. This vaccine...

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Vaccines are Good for Children and Economies

(8) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 7:55 PM


As the world scrambles to speed up the development of a Zika vaccine, new data released in Health Affairs shows that in addition to saving lives, vaccines are also an excellent investment in the economic health of communities.

Every dollar invested on...

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How on Earth Can a Remote Ethiopian Health Post Function without Electricity?

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 12:16 PM


Whenever I visit Ethiopia I have to recalibrate my definition of "rural" and "remote." On my most recent trip I traveled with John Snow Inc.'s Zenaw Adam to the Udeledaba kebele (the smallest administrative unit of Ethiopia usually less than 5,000...

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World Pneumonia Day 2015: Stronger Than Ever, 6 Years In

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:52 AM

Over the course of my career, I've been more personally committed to eliminating pneumonia as a major killer of children. So in 2009, I was delighted to join a small group of like-minded experts, together with a passionate hedge fund manager, to shine a spotlight on this disease

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Warum der weltweite Impfschutz wichtig bleibt

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 9:52 AM

Angesichts der Verbesserung der weltweiten Gesundheitssysteme und der Versorgung immer größerer Gruppen von Menschen mit immer mehr Impfstoffen wird leicht vergessen, dass das Ausbleiben dieser Erkrankungen das Ergebnis eines laufenden Kampfes ist, der konsequent weitergeführt werden muss.

Der schwerste Ebola-Ausbruch aller Zeiten hat uns die...

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The Fight Against Yellow Fever Must Go On

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 1:27 PM

As health systems around the world get stronger and more vaccines are available to more communities, it can be easy to grow complacent and forget that this absence of disease is the result of ongoing efforts that must be sustained. The most destructive Ebola outbreak in history provides...

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Impfinitiative: Auf bessere Daten bauen

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Wenn man von Innovation spricht, denken die meisten Menschen sofort an die neusten Apps, die das tägliche Leben mit höchster Präzision aufzeichnen können, oder an kostspielige neue Technologien wie Google Glass, die noch vor zehn Jahren undenkbar gewesen wären.

Aber in afrikanischen Kliniken ist es eine neue Form von...

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Betting on Better Data

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 2:48 PM

When you mention innovation, most people immediately think of the latest app that tracks daily life with pinpoint precision, or costly new technologies like Google Glass that just a decade ago would have been considered impossible.

But in health clinics across Africa, it's a new kind of low-tech innovation...

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Saving Lives by Dinnertime: The Balancing Act of Global Health Parenting

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 9:38 AM

This post is part of the #ProtectingKids blog series and was co-written by Dr. Orin Levine and Amie Batson. Read the whole series here.

World Immunization Week is here. This annual effort to vaccinate more children might not be on every family's radar, but it is...

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The Steps It Will Take to Get Every Child Vaccinated

(7) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 4:20 PM

If you have used the Tube in London, you are likely familiar with the voice from above reminding you to "mind the gap." Alert to the danger of not paying attention, you heed this warning for your personal safety. There is another gap that threatens the safety of millions of...

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Partners Unite to Battle Brain Fever

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 2:46 PM

When a disease carries a country's name, one might assume that the illness is confined to one geographic area, that one specific place bears its effects. But viruses spread without regard for political boundaries, so this supposition is seldom true.

In the case of Japanese encephalitis (JE), it is false....

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Investments In Equity Will Impact Half a Billion Lives

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:02 AM

Like many who work in global health and development, I look forward to the release of the Gates Annual Letter every January. Since 2009, I've excitedly perused the letter to see what child health goals Bill and Melinda Gates are prioritizing for the year. The 2015 letter is...

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2015: Full Speed Ahead

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 9:19 AM

We are already midway through the first month of the 2015—and more importantly, midway through the Decade of Vaccines. With much to accomplish, I compiled a quick list of the 10 advances in global health and vaccinations I would like to see in 2015:

  1. A fully-funded Gavi, the...
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Connection Through Captivation: The Art of Vaccines

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 3:51 PM

One in five children—a full fifth of the world's child population—don't get all the vaccines they need to be protected against deadly diseases like measles, pneumonia, and whooping cough.

Did I pique your interest with that statistic? Did you feel something? Did it move you? Sometimes that simple stat is...

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The Gift of Good Health – #GivingTuesday

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 8:12 AM

With Thanksgiving around the corner and the flurry of December holidays rapidly approaching, I'm feeling the spirit of giving that this season evokes and I hope that you are too. Like me, you know what presents top your own children's wish lists, but it's harder to know how to make...

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Roaring Ahead to End Measles

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Nearly nine decades ago, Helen Keller stood before the Lions Clubs and asked, "Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided?" Speaking at their 1925 International Convention...

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Remembering Ciro de Quadros, Global Health Hero

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 2:03 PM

The world of public health and vaccines got a little dimmer on Wednesday, May 28, when one of our leading lights, Dr. Ciro de Quadros, passed away at the age of 74.

In describing Dr. Ciro de Quadros, I could list the dozens of awards and accolades he received for...

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Expanding Impact, Replenishing Hope

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 9:29 PM

Last week in Geneva and Brussels, global immunizations celebrated their tremendous past and set the stage for an even more promising future. At the World Health Assembly, the world's health ministers recognized four decades of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), and in Brussels the GAVI...

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It's World Immunization Week: Do You Know Where Your Child's Vaccination Card Is?

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 6:42 PM

Like many parents, my wife and I eagerly documented the first few years of our daughters' lives, excited to chronicle every milestone. We can dig out video footage of their first steps, and unroll the old growth charts where we measured their heights each year. I have no doubt we...

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