Director of Africa CDC awarded 2020 Global Goalkeeper Award

Dr. John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has been conferred with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2020 Global Goalkeeper Award that celebrates an established individual or group who has delivered commitment to the global development goals by rendering impactful work during or in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in their country and/ or globally.

Dr. John Nkengasong was presented the award by Dr. Solomon Zewdu, the Deputy Director for Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at a small ceremony. The ceremony took place at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Describing Nkengasong as a “central voice” for Africa’s scientific community and a “relentless proponent” of global cooperation and evidence-based public health practices, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said in a statement, “Through his role as the co-chair of the African CDC Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials Dr. Nkengasong is leading the securement of a variety of late-stage vaccine clinical trials on the continent by bringing together global vaccine developers, funders, and local facilitators for clinical trials.”

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