It is with deep regret that Vaccines Europe announces that the Brazilian epidemiologist Dr. Ciro de Quadros, who was a central figure in the eradication of polio from Latin America and the Caribbean, passed away a week ago. De Quadros, who was the Executive Vice President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Director of Sabin’s Vaccine Advocacy and Education program, was a renowned public health expert and advocate, in particular, in the area of vaccines and preventable diseases.
He has recently been honored as a Public Health Hero of the Americas by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), which is the PAHO’s highest distinction. With this prize PAHO believed that no single person has done more to extend the benefits of immunization to people throughout the Americas.
Vaccines Europe members and staff offer their sincere condolences to Dr de Quadros’ family.