07.02.2022 – 11:00
The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee
Seoul, South Korea, April 20 /PRNewswire/
– “Professor Dame Sarah Catherine Gilbert (developer of the AstraZeneca vaccine) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, were selected as award recipients”
On Monday 7 February 2022, the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee (Chairman Jose Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission) will announce that Dame Sarah Catherine Gilbert (59 years old), Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, and Gavi , Vaccine Alliance, who are 2022 Sunhak Peace Prize Laureates.
Professor Sarah Gilbert was recognized for the key role she played in protecting billions of lives in less developed countries by helping to develop the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, which is easier and cheaper to store and transport. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, was recognized for helping coordinate the COVAX facility, which aims to ensure fair and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines worldwide.
President Jose Manuel Barroso said: “Scientific innovation, international solidarity and multilateral cooperation are necessary to fight the Covid-19 pandemic that is threatening the lives of all people. Health is not just a question of science or medicine, but a question of human rights; therefore it is human rights that the two laureates have helped to promote”
Professor Sarah Gilbert viewed the Covid-19 pandemic as a threat to humanity and the vaccine as a global public good. She stressed that the vaccine she was developing, which has been shipped to 182 countries, is not for profit.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is the largest international collaborative mechanism helping to improve the common health of humanity by making vaccines available in developing countries. In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, she coordinated the COVAX Facility, a global collaboration to support the manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines and negotiate prices for equitable access. More than a billion doses have been distributed in this way in 144 countries.
In addition, Gavi has supported the vaccination of more than 820 million children, reaching almost half of all children worldwide and preventing over 14 million deaths. In particular the number of children vaccinated with the DPT vaccine has increased from 59% in 2000 to 81% in 2020, reducing the infant mortality rate by 50%.
Chair Jose Manuel Barroso added: “Paradoxically, the Covid-19 pandemic presents us with an opportunity to bring about real change. We don’t know when the next pandemic will hit, but Covid-19 has taught us that solidarity and cooperation, based solely on humanity, are the solutions to this global crisis.”
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