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25 April 2016

Vaccine development needs global alliance

Source: Financial Times

Who has saved the most lives in human history? Claims can be made for various scientific pioneers and political leaders, but few are as strong as that of Edward Jenner, inventor of the world’s first successful vaccine — for smallpox. That innovation alone has, by some estimates, prevented more than 500m deaths since the English doctor first tested it on his gardener’s eight-year-old son in 1796. But that number is many times greater when all the other vaccines that flowed from his breakthrough are included.

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