Brazil vaccine development: The Immunization program in Brazil and Instituto Butantan

Thanks to Brazil vaccine development, over 70 million children have now been successfully vaccinated in two decades in Brazil, making the country an international reference in immunization. The impact of this can be clearly seen in the reduction in the number of cases of Tetanus, both accidental and neonatal, between 1983 and 2010. Prof Jorge Kalil the Director of the …

The Promise of Global Symmetry

"We must avoid the unacceptable risk of allowing innovation to foster inequalities," declared Carlos Gadelha, Secretary of Science, Technology, and Strategic Inputs, Ministry of Health, Brazil.   To ensure equity across income strata, he urged his peers to engage in innovative partnerships, buttressed by significant investment, and—most importantly—to think big. Through large-scale initiatives, he continued, "We can induce ‘global symmetry' …