Helping vaccines to go viral!

Good afternoon

An article in the New York Times earlier this week talked about an initiative from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to try and excite the world about creating, funding and encouraging vaccinations.

The Foundation has created a web site The Art of Saving a Life and has commissioned 30 artists to prepare works that focus on some aspect of vaccinations and the pressing need to bring this life saving technology back into the mainstream.

The above image by Mia Farrow (Photo Credit: UNICEF/NYHQ2007-0450/Pirozzi) inspired her contribution to the project.

A Seattle Times opinion piece this week railed against the anti vaccination mentality in some affluent communities in the United States.

It is just bizarre that the richest foundation in the world is trying to raise vaccines as vital (viral) issue, and the richest communities in our world are also driving down the vaccination stats and in doing so are putting all of our communities at risk.

I am not sure if these works of arts are the catalyst for the making this change – but I need to give props for the effort.

Have a great weekend

Ken Gordon

Executive Director

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