Two Pandemics, 60 Years Apart, and the Lessons Stay the Same

I lost my twin brother to a polio pandemic in Romania in 1957. During the Cold War, polio visited Eastern Europe often. The cure for that evil was the Salk vaccine, produced just two years earlier by an American, but there was no virus here, the Communist Party said, so no reason to buy the […]


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