Vaccinus was a challenge posed to my team. “Give us something we can sell into the CDC. Make it a story about the art of the possible. We began with investigating immunizations. We started with the flue. But everyone is doing some sort of data visualization targeting the flue. We decided to go global and non-profit. We proposed a Marketplace much like a “kickstarter” application. In this application we would bring manufacturers, Bokers, Advocates, Beneficiaries and Global Citizen together to help defeat some of the harshest killers world wide.
The word “vaccine” comes from the Latin word vaccinus, which means “pertaining to cows.” What do cows have to do with vaccines? The first vaccine was based on the relatively mild cowpox virus, which infected cows and people. This vaccine protected people against the related, but much more dangerous, smallpox virus.
Create a global health infomediary with Up-to-date, credible and comprehensive information is essential to good forecasting, but requires that key organizations and individuals collect and share high-quality data. Currently, funding agencies, procurement agents, technical agencies, product development and other global health partnerships and national buyers each have access to several important data elements but do not systematically share them with others in the value chain
The world is coming together around the Global Vaccine Action Plan, endorsed by nearly 200 countries last May, to develop better and more affordable vaccines and deliver them through stronger routine immunization systems. If we succeed, we can save more than 20 million lives and prevent nearly one billion illnesses by 2020. This will save nearly $12 billion in treatment costs and achieve more than $800 billion in economic gains as vaccinated children live longer, healthier, more productive lives.