What the Smallpox Vaccine Can Teach Us About the Covid Vaccine

Vaccination campaigns have always, eventually, succeeded.

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How the Human Life Span Doubled in 100 Years

Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.

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Edward Jenner Pioneered Vaccination. Will His Museum Survive a Pandemic?

The site where Dr. Jenner first inoculated people against smallpox has struggled in the coronavirus lockdowns, one of hundreds of museums in Britain teetering amid the closures.

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A Kid-Friendly Graphic Novel History of Vaccines

Don Brown’s “A Shot in the Arm!” — Book 3 in his Big Ideas That Changed the World series — couldn’t be more timely.

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The Secret Life of a Coronavirus

An oily, 100-nanometer-wide bubble of genes has killed more than two million people and reshaped the world. Scientists don’t quite know what to make of it.

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Ancient Rome Has an Urgent Warning for Us

The era of the Antonine Plague offers a reminder of what a powerful force nature has been throughout human history.

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A Look at Past Vaccine Drives: Smallpox, Polio and the Swine Flu

As governments begin rolling out the biggest vaccine drives in history, a look at mass vaccination campaigns of the past offers insight into mistakes.

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An Appreciation for Vaccines, and How Far They Have Come

The DTP vaccine teaches us about how brilliant vaccine technology can be, but also how it can be studied and improved over time.

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Yes, Parking in New York Has Gotten Worse

A convenient spot was never easy to find, but an increase in car ownership and a decrease in available spaces have some drivers desperate.

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How New York City Vaccinated 6 Million People in Less Than a Month

When a single case of smallpox arrived in Manhattan in 1947, a severe outbreak was possible. A decisive civil servant made a bold decision.

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Vaccines Are Coming, but Pandemic Experts Expect a ‘Horrible’ Winter

With vaccines and a new administration, the pandemic will be tamed. But experts say the coming months “are going to be just horrible.”

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In Terms of Child Mortality, It’s a Good Time for Public Health

Despite the crises of 2020, parents can realistically expect that children born today will outlive them. That wasn’t always the case.

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What’s Mightier Than the Coronavirus? A Freshly Killed Chicken

How Hong Kong’s food culture has adapted to epidemic after epidemic, fending off disease while saving its favorite dishes, and its soul.

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Viking Age Smallpox Complicates Story of Viral Evolution

An extinct version of the smallpox virus dating to 1,400 years ago prompts speculation about viruses becoming more lethal over time.

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How Pandemics End

An infectious outbreak can conclude in more ways than one, historians say. But for whom does it end, and who gets to decide?

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Pandemics of the Past

Two books remind us of other times when humankind suffered from mass contagions.

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The Coronavirus Vaccine May Have a Shortcut: Infecting Volunteers

Should we take it?

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Coronavirus Is Forcing Medical Research to Speed Up

What does it mean for science — and public health — that scientific journals are now publishing research at warp speed?

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