Globally, there has been a move away from national public sector vaccine development over the past 30 years. Immunization and States: The Politics of Making Vaccines explores vaccine geopolitics, analyzing why, and how this move happened, before looking at the ramifications in the context of Covid-19.
This unique book uses eight country studies – looking at Croatia, India, Iran, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Spain, and Sweden – to explore the role of public sector vaccine institutes, past and present. Raising questions about national sovereignty, the erosion of multilateralism, and geopolitics, it also contributes to debates around public interest and privatization in the health sector. An extended introduction sets the chapters in an international context, whilst the epilogue looks forward to the future of vaccine development and production.
This is an important book for students, scholars, and practitioners with an interest in vaccine development from a range of fields, including public health, medicine, science and technology studies, history of medicine, politics, international relations, and the sociology of health and illness.
Table of Contents
Stuart Blume and Baptiste Baylac-Paouly
Chapter 1: The Privatization of Societal Vaccinology in the Netherlands
Chapter 2: The Rise and Fall of State Vaccine Institutions in Spain (1871-1986)
María-José Báguena and María-Isabel Porras
Chapter 3: Politics of Vaccination in Sweden: The National Bacteriological Laboratory SBL (1909–1993) and Current Debates
Chapter 4: The Failed Promises of a Brighter Future: The Institute of Immunology in Zagreb from a Public Asset to a Privatized Burden
Vedran Duančić, Snježana Ivčić and Ana Vračar
Chapter 5: Wilful Neoliberal Incapacitation of India’s Public Sector Vaccine Institutions
Chapter 6: Start with the World and Continue in Isolation: The Pasteur and Razi Institutes’ Vaccine Legacy in Iran
Payam Roshanfekr and Parisa Roshanfekr
Chapter 7: Translating Pasteur's Vision in Eastern Europe: The Role of the Cantacuzino Institute in Romanian Vaccination Policies and Vaccine Production
Chapter 8: Vaccine Production in Serbia: Political and Socio-Cultural Determinants in Historical Perspective
Epilogue: States and Vaccines in the age of Covid-19
Stuart Blume and Maurizia Mezza
Stuart Blume is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Baptiste Baylac-Paouly is fixed-term Lecturer in History of Medicine at the Medical School Lyon-Est, France.