Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The Jordan Report 2000: Progress in Vaccine Development

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The Jordan Report 2000: Progress in Vaccine Development

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The Jordan Report was first published in 1981. In the words of Dr Carole Heilman, currently director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID), it was intended to be a yearly update on the progress of vaccine development through the eyes of the staff of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and was originally submitted each year to Dr William Jordan, former director of DMID.

Prepared by 24 scientists from NIAID, with additional contributions from outside researchers, the Jordan Report 2000(a) offers a comprehensive overview of vaccine development against nearly 60 diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. It lists target agents from Ancylostoma duodenale to Yersinia pestis, emphasizing progress in vaccines against major killers like malaria, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and tuberculosis.

In her preface, Dr Heilman reviews how new tissue-culturing techniques ushered in modern vaccines in the 1950s, and recombinant DNA technology allowed researchers to engineer vaccines in the 1990s. …

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