Edinburgh Science Festival: Vaccine Voyages

Maybe you've heard about Edward Jenner and his cows as the beginning of modern vaccines, but did you know how vaccination went global?

Edinburgh Science Festival: Vaccine Voyages

About Edinburgh Science Festival: Vaccine Voyages

Maybe you've heard about Edward Jenner and his cows as the beginning of modern vaccines, but did you know how vaccination went global?

In 1803, a Spanish doctor used orphans and enslaved children to incubate the smallpox vaccine in their own bodies, travelling through the Caribbean, Mexico, the Philippines, China, and back to Europe.

This outdoor exhibition explores that voyage, literally the first global health mission, showing how the horrors of the Atlantic slave trade were entwined with the vaccine revolution.

Venue: University of Edinburgh campus

Presented by The University of Edinburgh

Age 8+

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