They want that vaccine

This is awesome. A pro-vax social justice campaign with inspiring art behind it. Ironic that the article is at the Huffington Post, but anyway…

Beloved portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz often captures celebrity subjects before her noted lens, having snapped cultural icons ranging from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Her most recent photograph, however, depicts a different sort of notable figures, those linked to the development of several life-saving vaccines. The image is part of the vaccination awareness campaign “The Art of Saving a Life (ASAL),” which, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, commissioned creative works from artists, writers and musicians, exhibiting the many ways vaccines have positively impacted [helped people in recent] history.

They help children grow up with parents, for one thing.

“The places where we tend to work, the demand for vaccines is huge,” Dr. Orin Levine, director of the vaccine-delivery program at the Gates Foundation, told The Wall Street Journal.

“If you go to the parts of Africa that are prone to these huge epidemics of bacterial meningitis that come in waves every three to five years, and wipe out people — normally healthy people [are] dead in two days. If you go to those types of villages, they’re not worried about the things that U.S. actresses are worried about. They’re worried about meningitis. They want that vaccine. They stand in 100-degree temperatures for hours in line to get them and their families vaccinated.”


Sophie Blackall Reaching Children Everywhere


  1. resident_alien says

    I am loving the shade thrown at J*%%y McCa#&$y ….She deserves every bit of it and more.

  2. Blanche Quizno says

    Small wonder that Jenny is taking this opportunity to trade her now-notorious last name in for a different one, but in a stroke of karmic irony, that one has developed its own degree of notoriety recently.

  3. ErrantEndeavour says


    She’s married to Donnie Wahlberg, so I believe that’s the surname Quizno is talking about. But I’m not follower of celeb culture, so have no idea why the name ‘Wahlberg’ is notorious either.

  4. Ben Finney says

    Heh. Thanks for the editorial improvement on the obfuscatory language in that quote, Ophelia.

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