Washington Post, Susan Okie, 9/13/2020

“Once again, people around the world are waiting eagerly for a vaccine. As with polio, rabies and other infections in the past, teams of scientists are racing to develop one. If they succeed, Americans will line up to be immunized, part of a global campaign to protect the world’s population from the novel coronavirus. But if history is any guide, some will hesitate, frightened by claims…

Vaccines are one of humanity’s greatest achievements, a testament to our species’ intelligence, science and altruism. Smallpox, once a constant threat in most regions of the globe, killed about 30 percent of its victims each year in England and France before a vaccine was introduced there during the first half of the 19th century. By 1850, smallpox deaths in France, estimated at 50,000 to 80,000 annually before the advent of the vaccine, had declined to a tenth of their previous level….”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/some-will-refuse-a-coronavirus-vaccine-can-anything-change-their-minds/2020/09/10/98c2bcf0-e160-11ea-b69b-64f7b0477ed4_story.html

Editor’s Note: This is a book review of a very important book: Anti-Vaxers — How to Challenge a Mid-informed Movement, by Jonathan M. Berman

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