7-27-10: Is Our Vaccine System Healthy?
When Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine in 1952, he ushered in a golden age of vaccines. Over the next two decades, close to twenty new vaccines came online, life expectancy increased, and children all over the world were vaccinated.
Johns Hopkins history professor Louis Galambos says that golden age was followed by a crisis in the 1970s and 1980s, as vaccine producers pulled out of the market. He’s written an article for the science and policy journal Eurohealth called, “What are the prospects for a new golden era in vaccines?”
Professor Galambos tells Sheilah about those prospects, and why throwing out 40 million doses of H1N1 vaccine might actually be a good thing.
Professor Galambos describes the types of cancer and other diseases that a new golden age of vaccine production would target: Professor Galambos explains why new biotech ventures and other developments make him optimistic about a new golden age of vaccines: