The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Parisien, on February 2, 1897, showing Alexandre Yersin vaccinating Chinese patients against the plague. Photo: Getty Images The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Parisien, on February 2, 1897, showing Alexandre Yersin vaccinating Chinese patients against the plague. Photo: Getty Images
The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Parisien, on February 2, 1897, showing Alexandre Yersin vaccinating Chinese patients against the plague. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

China has been plagued, and shaped, by epidemics – it has also overcome them

Historians calculate there have been almost 300 serious epidemics in China, some of which devastated populations and altered the course of history

The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Parisien, on February 2, 1897, showing Alexandre Yersin vaccinating Chinese patients against the plague. Photo: Getty Images The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Parisien, on February 2, 1897, showing Alexandre Yersin vaccinating Chinese patients against the plague. Photo: Getty Images
The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Parisien, on February 2, 1897, showing Alexandre Yersin vaccinating Chinese patients against the plague. Photo: Getty Images
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