Seth Berkley, MD, has been appointed the new chief executive officer of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), according to a GAVI statement. He will leave his current role as president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in August. Berkley will lead GAVI’s billion-dollar effort to accelerate the introduction of new and underused vaccines in low-income countries and to save up to 4 million lives by 2015. He brings his expertise as a physician, an epidemiologist and a vaccines advocate.

To read the GAVI statement, click here.