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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

Investments In Equity Will Impact Half a Billion Lives

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 12:02 PM

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 | 10:19 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 | 4:51 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 | 9:12 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 | 2:54 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 | 3:03 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 | 10:29 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 | 7:42 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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New WHO Report Provides Road Map for Effective Vaccine Introductions

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 11:12 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 | 9:15 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 | 11:47 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 | 2:15 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 | 1:30 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 | 11:00 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 | 2:38 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 | 1:19 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 | 5:31 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 | 1:07 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 | 12:22 PM

"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 | 3:05 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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