A sample of a potential Covid-19 vaccine at a production plant of SinoPharm, in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

We don’t know how close a coronavirus vaccine is, but where does the word come from?

  • The bovine origins of the word come from physician Edward Jenner’s 1796 breakthrough on smallpox
  • It was Louis Pasteur who proposed gener­alising it to encompass all protective immunisation procedures
A sample of a potential Covid-19 vaccine at a production plant of SinoPharm, in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
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