Will a new book finally immunise public opinion — and Donald Trump — against conspiracy theories that vaccinations are dangerous for our children? The global medical and science communities are hoping so. The Vaccine Race‚ by American science writer Meredith Wadman‚ explores the history of vaccines and‚ in particular‚ the change from using animal cells to human cells by the maverick Leonard Hayflick‚ who was like a Van Gogh of the science world. A genius who broke new ground in the fight against diseases‚ Hayflick was initially shunned by his contemporaries until it came to light that the war against rubella and polio‚ for example‚ was won thanks to his achievements. The book‚ which scientists say documents in excruciating detail the long history of vaccines‚ does not romanticise it in any way. But‚ what it does show is how far the research methodology has come and the enormous effect vaccinations have had on the world. According to the UN Children’s Fund‚ vaccinations have brought ...

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