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The unexpected history and miraculous success of vaccines

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My article from Warp News:At a time when the miraculous success of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 has transformed the battle against the pandemic, it is fitting to recall that the general idea behind vaccination was brought to the attention of the western world, not by brilliant and privileged professors, but by a black slave and a woman.His name was Onesimus and he lived in Boston, as the property of Cotton Mather, a well-known puritan preacher.

Her name was Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, the literary wife of the British ambassador to Constantinople.Some time around 1715 Onesimus seems to have told Mather that back in West Africa people were in the habit of deliberately infecting children with a drop of “juice of smallpox” from a survivor, thus.

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