You do not always have to be in the same room, country, or continent to help care for others. For thousands of years people have been creating medication to help others. One of the worlds greatest types of medication are vaccines.

While sometimes created as the creator of the first vaccine, Edward Jenner, was not in fact the first person to create a vaccine. Evidence exists that the Chinese employed smallpox inoculation as early as 1000 years ago. This was practiced in Africa and Turkey as well, before it spread to Europe and the Americas. However, Edward Jenner’s innovations, starting in 1796 to use of cowpox material to create immunity to smallpox, quickly made the practice widespread. His methods have underwent many changes over the last 200 years and now we have vaccines to many diseases. In fact, thanks to those innovations humans have managed to eradicate smallpox.

Now, millions of people work around the world to develop and provide medications to help people live longer, healthier, lives.

Artist: Hana Ayoob

Three people taking different types of medication. Inside the medication are images of scientists.

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