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Nicole Bates

Title Deputy Director, Global Program Advocacy
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nicole leads the global advocacy & communications strategies for polio and vaccines at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nicole’s portfolio also includes broader child health strategies and interventions, including pneumonia and diarrheal disease. To date, these strategies have leveraged foundation investments to secure more than US$15 billion to improve child health through immunization in the world's poorest countries.

Prior to joining the Gates foundation, Nicole served as the Director for Government Relations at the Global Health Council, the world’s largest global health professional membership association. She previously worked on Capitol Hill on domestic health and social issues for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). Nicole began her career in the Chronic Disease Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Nicole has a doctorate of public health and Master’s of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her undergraduate work with high honors from the University of Virginia. Bates sits on various international, national and local boards and serves as adjust/affiliate faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Washington.

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A New Vaccine in Indonesia Prevents 5 Diseases in One Shot

Three years ago, Bill and Melinda Gates called for the next ten years to be the ‘Decade of Vaccines.’ The vision was that all people are reached with the vaccines they need. Yesterday in Kawaga District in West Java, Indonesia, we achieved a milestone in this Decade by giving more children a healthy start to life thanks to this new pentavalent vaccine.

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