The new vaccine protects against rotavirus, a food-borne bug which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in little kids. In little kids that can be deadly.
The CDC says this year's rotavirus season has been much milder than normal, and started later, thanks to a new vaccine.
But I can hear the complaints already. What if they actually make my kid sick? How dare you demand I give more medicine to my kids! Etc. etc. etc. (Oh, and this one is recommended for very small infants, starting as small as two months.)
The Gates Foundation is a big backer of the GAVI Alliance, which is working to extend the western standard of childhood immunization worldwide. The Gates Foundation is also a big backer of the search for new vaccines.
If we can prevent a dread disease in childhood, should we, even at some risk to all children? And who decides whether that risk will be taken? Bill Gates?
If a vaccine is used universally a disease might disappear. But that may mean forcing people against their will, or the dictates of their religion, into doing something.
No wonder he's planning on spending one day a week back at the office. He needs the rest.