Since the beginning of the pandemic, the word “vaccine” has been tossed around casually and frequently. The overused word has been uttered by people both pro and anti-vaccine as if a scientist just opened a petri dish, poured in a few ingredients, stirred the concoction with a swizzle stick, and voila, a cure. Not so fast. According to a New York Times article dated November 19, 2018, a full year or so before the onset of Covid, developing a vaccine wasn’t easy nor was it cheap. It also is not something on top of everyone’s list. That’s because, according to the Times, “vaccines are among the most ingenious of inventions and among the most maddening.”
Some diseases have been significantly diminished because of vaccines. Polio and smallpox are prime examples. However, other diseases like malaria and HIV are stumping scientists to this day. Even though there are vaccines to treat those illnesses they’re difficult to take on because they mutate. “Mutate” should be a familiar word especially in this era of Coronavirus.
The Times article says that vaccines have changed our “expectations of mortality.” To a certain degree vaccines are taken for granted. Children are vaccinated for...
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