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Immunization and States
The Politics of Making Vaccines

ISBN 9780367672270
Published November 19, 2021 by Routledge
238 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


1.The privatization of societal vaccinology in the Netherlands. 

2.The rise and fall of state vaccine institutions in Spain (1871–1986). 

3.Politics of vaccination in Sweden: the National Bacteriological Laboratory SBL (1909–1993) and current debates. 

4.The failed promises of a brighter future: the Institute of Immunology in Zagreb from a public asset to a privatized burden. 

5.Wilful neoliberal incapacitation of India’s public sector vaccine institutions. 

6.Start with the world and continue in isolation: the Pasteur and Razi Institutes’ vaccine legacy in Iran. 

7.Translating Pasteur's vision in Eastern Europe: the role of the Cantacuzino Institute in Romanian vaccination policies and vaccine production. 

8.Vaccine production in Serbia: political and socio-cultural determinants in historical perspective. 

Epilogue: states and vaccines in the age of Covid-19

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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.