Epidemiologist Seth Berkley is leading the charge to make sure vaccines are available to everyone, including those living in the developing world.

Why you should listen

"The power of vaccines is like a whisper," says Seth Berkley. "When they work, they can make history, but after a while you can barely hear them." An epidemiologist, Berkley is the CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the global health organization that aims to protect lives by improving access to vaccines in developing countries. He joined Gavi in 2011 during a period of rapid acceleration in its programs. Now, with more than half a billion children immunized, he is leading Gavi’s efforts to reach 300 million more children in the next five years. The goal: to build sustainability into country immunization programs.

Prior to Gavi, Berkley founded the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), a nonprofit working to develop preventive HIV vaccines by investing in research, development and testing. Because while the campaign to end HIV/AIDS involves a raft of social and behavioral changes, we'll never completely vanquish the disease until we have a vaccine.

A medical doctor, Berkley has had a legendary career in international health. He has worked for the Center for Infectious Diseases of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and for the Carter Center, where he was assigned as an epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health in Uganda; he played a key role in Uganda’s national HIV sero-survey and helped develop its National AIDS Control programs. In 2009, Berkley was named to Time's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Seth Berkley’s TED talk

Seth Berkley on the TED Blog


Q&A with Seth Berkley: The search for an AIDS vaccine

May 27, 2010

Before his talk posted today, the TED Blog talked to epidemiologist and founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), Seth Berkley. He told the story of the beginnings of IAVI, exploring why different decisions have historically been made in response to the HIV pandemic and explaining why a vaccine makes sense today. Read on […]

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HIV and flu — the vaccine strategy: Seth Berkley on TED.com

May 27, 2010

Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats — from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 21:05) Watch Seth Berkley’s talk on TED.com, where you can download this […]

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