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Lessons from history: How to build a vaccine

Lessons from history: How to build a vaccine

In the 1700s Lady Sarah Montague, six death row inmates in Newgate prison and eight-year-old James Phipps shared a common experience. In 1992, that same experience was endured by a group of HIV-negative volunteers with a history of injected drug use, and again by a German researcher operating out of a biosafety lab in Hamburg in 2009. They were all exposed to particles of an infectious disease in an experiment that aimed to inoculate mass populations. In 2020, such experiments are rarely far from anyone’s mind and they are known as vaccine trials.

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