Date Published: February 27, 2008
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Author(s): Peter J. Hotez
Partial Text: Reports that the Bush administration has expressed an interest in closing the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility in Cuba , colloquially known in the US as “Gitmo,” could stimulate a new chapter in US foreign policy. By converting Gitmo into a biomedical research institute dedicated to combating the diseases of poverty in the Western Hemisphere, we can tap into a little known, but highly effective tradition of vaccine diplomacy that we first began 50 years ago at the height of the Cold War ,.