About the Authors

Peter Hotez

hotez@bcm.edu

Affiliations Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America, Department of Biology, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, United States of America, James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States of America, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, Texas, United States of America

Competing Interests

I have read the journal's policy and the authors of this manuscript have the following competing interests: I am lead investigator and/or patentholder on several vaccines in clinical trials or in development, vaccines which would provide protection against some of the infections and diseases discussed in the article such as hookworm and schistosomiasis.