This is how the first tuberculosis vaccine was invented 100 years ago ... and why we have not managed to eradicate it

French scientists Calmette and Gurin administered the first formula against a fearsome bacillus a century ago. Even so, the disease claimed more than 100 million deaths in the 20th century alone.

Tuberculosis prevention poster from the 1917 public health campaign.

Updated Wednesday, July 7, 2021 –
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At the beginning of the 20th century a specter roamed Europe, or rather a specter maker. Those affected lose weight and appetite, cough incessantly, spit blood and had cold sweats. Their gaunt faces turned white as rags. I know

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