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Time's Inaugural TIME100 Health List: Hotez named 100 Most Influential People in global health

Homa Warren


Houston, TX -

TIME named Dr. Peter Hotez, professor and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, to the inaugural 2024 TIME100 Health, a new annual list of 100 individuals who most influenced global health this year. The full list and related tributes appear in the May 13, 2024, issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Friday, May 3, and is available online now.

“I’m grateful for the TIME100 Health 2024 recognition, particularly for our low-cost vaccines for neglected diseases and global health, as well as my efforts to counter rising antivaccine and antiscience activism,” Hotez said.

The list recognizes the impact, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals in health.

Hotez and team members from the Baylor and Texas Children’s are at the forefront of vaccine development for neglected diseases. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they developed a low-cost, protein-based COVID-19 vaccine technology that is now locally produced in both India and Indonesia as Corbevax and Indovac respectively, with millions of doses administered.

Last year, Hotez received the AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award, for promoting vaccines and combating vaccine misinformation and the IDSA’s Fauci Award Courage in Leadership Award for his efforts to uphold and speak to scientific truths. He and additional members from Baylor and Texas Children’s were awarded the 2023 David and Beatrix Hamburg Award from the National Academy of Medicine. In 2022, Hotez and Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, senior associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor and co-director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their vaccine development efforts. Hotez also received the AMA’s Scientific Achievement Award. Hotez is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the author of several books.

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