Dr. Paul Offit Receives 2018 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal

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Dr. Paul Offit Receives 2018 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2018 – Tonight, the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) will honor Dr. Paul Offit with the 2018 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal. Sabin will recognize Dr. Offit for his contributions as co-inventor of an oral rotavirus vaccine and his leadership as one of the United States’ most vocal and dedicated advocates for immunization…

…Dr. Offit’s contributions to protecting human health extend beyond the laboratory and for many years he has been a strong public advocate for childhood immunizations. Dr. Offit drives efforts to improve public understanding of vaccines through speaking engagements, media appearances and his books. Dr. Offit’s many books make science accessible to lay audiences worldwide, highlighting the history of immunization, tackling vaccine myths and reinforcing the message that science is not a matter of faith but a matter of fact.

“Paul’s contributions as a vaccinologist and advocate have improved the health of children in every corner of the world,” said Amy Finan, chief executive officer of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. “His scientific accomplishments are rivaled only by his impact as a dedicated advocate for immunization. Paul truly exemplifies Albert Sabin’s commitment to ensuring every child is protected from preventable disease. It is an honor to present Paul with this year’s Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal.”

“It’s an honor to join the distinguished ranks of Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal recipients,” said Dr. Offit. “Though our research may have focused on different diseases, we all share Dr. Sabin’s commitment to reducing human suffering. We have accomplished so much, discovering and introducing several vaccines that have reshaped the world as we know it, but vaccines will always be a victim of their own success. As once-common diseases disappear, it is increasingly important to stand as vaccine champions. I thank the Sabin Vaccine Institute for recognizing my research and advocacy with tonight’s award, and for its efforts to expand immunization globally.”…