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2021 Awardees

Anita ZaidiAnita K.M. Zaidi, MBBS, SM, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award

The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award honors individuals whose outstanding humanitarian efforts and achievements have contributed significantly to improving global public health. Dr. Zaidi has dedicated her career to vaccine development and disease prevention in the poorest parts of the world. She led the strategy for typhoid conjugate vaccines, oral cholera vaccine stockpile enhancement, and development of the first low-cost rotavirus vaccine by a developing country manufacturer.


William A. Petri, Jr., MD, PhD, Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement

The Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement honors scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of infectious diseases and public health. Dr. Petri is an internationally renowned scientist and a pioneer in the study of enteric infections. His seminal discoveries of the mechanisms that gut microbes use to evade and exploit the microbiota and mucosal immune system have led to innovative approaches to diagnose and treat diarrheal diseases and prevent their collateral damage on child growth and development. 


Walter A. Orenstein, MD

Walter A. Orenstein, MD, John P. Utz Leadership Award

The John P. Utz Leadership Award honors individuals who exemplify and support NFID leadership goals, through service to NFID and/or the field of infectious diseases. Dr. Orenstein has held multiple NFID leadership roles, including president, and contributed greatly to the growth and visibility of the organization, over more than 15 years of service. As director of the National Immunization Program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he oversaw efforts that led to record high immunization coverage associated with record low vaccine-preventable disease incidence, including the elimination of indigenous measles.


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