1st Edition

Immunization and States The Politics of Making Vaccines

Edited By Stuart Blume, Baptiste Baylac-Paouly Copyright 2022
    238 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    Stuart Blume and Baptiste Baylac-Paouly

    Chapter 1: The Privatization of Societal Vaccinology in the Netherlands

    Jan Hendriks

    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

    Motzi Eklöf

    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

    Madhavi Yennapu

    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

    Valentin-Veron Toma

    Chapter 8: Vaccine Production in Serbia: Political and Socio-Cultural Determinants in Historical Perspective

    Vesna Trifunović

    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.