About the Authors

Cécile Viboud

viboudc@mail.nih.gov

Affiliation Division of Epidemiology and Population Studies, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

Lone Simonsen

Affiliations Division of Epidemiology and Population Studies, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America, Department of Global Health, School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University, Washington, D. C., United States of America

Competing Interests

CV declares no competing interests in relation to this Perspective. LS is a paid consultant for SDI health (a health data business), and has received research support since 2008 from Wyeth (now Pfizer) for pneumococcal vaccine modelling.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: CV LS. Wrote the first draft of the paper: CV LS.