On the 100th anniversary of Jonas Salk’s birth, his son Peter talks about the backlash against vaccines and other human factors that make it difficult to eradicate deadly viruses. In the peak year of 1952, there were nearly 60,000 cases throughout America; 3,000 were fatal, and 21,000 left their victims paralyzed. Murrow asked him who owned the patent to the vaccine, Salk famously replied, “Well, the people, I would say.

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