The Priestley Lecture 2020. Edward Jenner: a man who changed the world
The 2020 Priestley Lecture is sponsored by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, The Leeds Library and Mill Hill Chapel. Professor Gareth Williams discusses the life and work of Jenner and his impact on the science of vaccination. This is extended into modern infectious disease eradication programmes such as smallpox as well as the prospects for development of effective COVID vaccines.
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