Abraham Verghese, MD: Hi, everyone. It’s a pleasure to welcome you to another episode of Medicine and the Machine with my co-host, Eric Topol. We are delighted to have as our guest Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. I met Seth a couple of years ago, but I heard him speak at a TED conference well before that, and I’ve been blown away by the breadth of the impact he’s made on the world. He’s a physician and an infectious disease epidemiologist.
He joined Gavi as its CEO in 2011. During its existence, Gavi has vaccinated more than 820 million children in 73 of the world’s poorest countries. In 2015, in the second replenishment to the Gavi fund, they raised $7.5 billion in donor commitments.