Milestones :: Perspectives

Milestones :: Perspectives
Editor’s Note
We generally reserve this section of our digest for major strategic announcements and significant milestones in the vaccines/immunization space. We share below the text from a retirement laudation plaque that represents, in our view, such a milestone.


In Recognition of Exemplary Leadership in Advancing Immunization Globally,
We Hereby Honor
       Dr. Jean M-Marie Okwo-Bele
       Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals
       World Health Organization
We thank you for your passion, unconditional commitment, and enduring dedicated service to public health.</em
Your legacy will live on in the many lives you have touched.
Your Friends, Colleagues and Partners Worldwide
November 2017
We understand that Okwo received this laudation during a celebratory event at the close of the SAGE meeting in October. Okwo’s retirement commences following his last day official working day at WHO on 29 November 2017.

We wish him a splendid next adventure…

IVI   [to 25 November 2017]
Commemorating our 20th anniversary, IVI thanks donors, partners for support
IVI expresses our deepest gratitude to all the donors and supporters for your commitment and generosity to the Institute over the past 20 years. In particular, we wish to thank our donors and partners who joined us at our 20th Anniversary Forum held on November 15.
The Forum brought together 170 scientists, partners and friends of IVI from across Korea and around the world, including Dr. Park Neung-hoo, Minister of Health and Welfare of Korea. Present at the Celebration and Dinner were some 120 donors and supporters, including awardees of plaques who were honored for their outstanding commitment and contribution to IVI. As we move into IVI’s third decade, we look forward to the continuing friendship and partnership with our donors and partners to make an even bigger impact in vaccine science and global public health in the years ahead.
We are pleased to share with you images of the commemorative events and greetings on our 20th Anniversary from donors, partners and friends of IVI below.
   Press release:
Photo images of the 20th Anniversary Forum and Celebrations: