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French biochemist Louise Pasteur in his laboratory, where he developed pioneering vaccines against the chicken cholera and rabies using ‘attenuated’ or weakened bacteria. GL Archive/Alamy

A history of vaccines

It’s been a long – and, at times, disgusting – story. Swagata Yadavar begins in 1000 CE.

Latest issue: May-June 2021

Vaccine equality

Does being educated at home limit or enrich children’s experiences? Lindsey T Powell and Cheryl Fields-Smith have different opinions. 

Richard Swift warns against vaccine fantasy and kneejerk technophilia.

Chris Brazier looks back over a career as co-editor that stretches back to 1984, remembering highlights and dark moments from Nicaragua to Vietnam, South Africa to Western Sahara and Burkina Faso.

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Making a point: Bill Gates addresses the media after his address to the World Health Assembly at the UN in Geneva. Reuters/Alamy

Nick Dowson investigates the oversized influence of Bill Gates on the global response to the pandemic 

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