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Our Coronavirus Coverage

As the pandemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, we will try very hard to continue giving you blog posts that put the pandemic into historical context. This is not the first — or last — pandemic that humanity will face. This post will remain at the top of the post feed, and the list below will be updated with all our posts on coronavirus.

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Vaccination Hesitation: When Distrust Can be Deadly

Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, spikes in measles outbreaks were mainly attributed to two key factors: infrastructure and junk science. In less affluent regions, inadequate healthcare infrastructure and resources impeded vaccine deliveries. Meanwhile, in more affluent areas, some parents refused to vaccinate their children based on junk science and myths. Despite the complexities of the conflicting positions, the former could be addressed with increased funds and resources, while the latter can be managed with the dissemination of factual scientific evidence. In the wake of the pandemic, there is a new and potentially dangerous wave of vaccine hesitancy.

A Timeline of the Balmis Expedition, 1803 to 1806

We at The History of Vaccines love timelines. They help explain historical events in a way that is a little more entertaining than a boring list of important dates. Below is a small project started before the pandemic that I only now got around to finishing. It is the story of the Balmis Expedition, an expedition by Spanish physicians and their team to take the newly developed smallpox vaccine to the Spanish colonies in the Americas and Asia.