Topic in Focus
Vaccinations are the most effective means of protection against infectious diseases. Measles, mumps, and rabies have been contained with vaccinations, and smallpox has even been eradicated. Research, development, and production of a vaccine present a scientific challenge where its efficacy, safety, and tolerability must be guaranteed in the end. During a pandemic, this process resembles a race against time. Vaccination serves to protect the community because everyone benefits from herd immunity.