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Dr. Anthony Fauci Lauds Sheba at Awards Ceremony in Washington
Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, Director General of Sheba Medical Center presented Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former head of the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) and special advisor to the White House during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Sheba Champion of Global Health award, at a private ceremony in Washington, DC this week.
The event also previewed the work of the Sheba Pandemic Research Institute (SPRI), a joint collaboration between the NIH (National Institute of Health) and Sheba and the last official collaboration signed by Dr. Fauci prior to his retirement.
“I am proud to present Dr. Fauci with this award recognizing his commitment to global health and significant contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Prof. Kreiss. “It is no exaggeration to say that Dr. Fauci and his team, through their shared information and research, contributed to saving countless Israeli lives and enabled us to rollout our vaccine program.”
“This award is particularly meaningful to me due to the respect I have for Israel and my Israeli colleagues who I have enjoyed successful collaborative work with for many years,” said Dr. Fauci. “Our work with Sheba during the COVID-19 pandemic has been of the most productive interactions between our two nations; thanks to Sheba’s real time data, we were able to make key, informed policy decisions.”
Prof. Daniel Douek, Chief of the Human Immunology Section, Vaccine Research Center, NIH, and Senior Scientific Advisor of the SPRI, added, “A pandemic shouldn’t be seen as an issue of just health, rather an issue of security for the country. Sheba can save the world through the Pandemic Research Institute. Just as Sheba needs the NIH for its capability, the world needs Sheba for its talented physicians, health system and honed approach.”
Watch the ceremony with Fauci & Kreiss below.