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The pipe dream of new vaccines for old problems

Satyajit Rath


Vaccines are commonly invoked in discussions of public health policies since prevention is always felt to be better than cure, and since recent success stories of disease eradication or control such as smallpox are ascribed to vaccine use. New vaccine research is therefore a major component of many public health policies. However, it is important to recognise limitations inherent in vaccine research in order for its place in public health policy to be realistic.

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