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Nature Milestones in Vaccines

Vaccination has contributed to saving more lives than any other medical intervention in history. This Milestone provides a historical perspective of the breakthroughs in the field – from the centuries-old technique of ‘variolation’ to the synthetic anti-cancer vaccines of the modern era. The Milestone includes an interactive timeline and two explanatory animations.

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1. Vaccines 101: How vaccines work

As the world waits for a potential COVID-19 vaccine, we delve into how vaccines actually work. What are the different types of vaccine? How do they trigger and train the immune system, and what is the role of herd immunity?

2. Vaccines 101: How new vaccines are developed

With the world in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, all eyes are on vaccine trials and the researchers developing them. But what are they actually doing? In this animation we take you through how vaccines are developed, step by step, and ask how the process could be sped along. We also take a peek at some of the latest vaccine technologies that could be approved for widespread use in the near future.