Since they were invented, vaccines have saved billions of people. And in the coming months and years, they should save a lot more. While the world population waits for complete immunization to resume life before the pandemic, Folha debuts the Immune Response, a podcast about how vaccines have changed the world.
Starting this Wednesday (25), science reporter Reinaldo José Lopes will tell, in weekly episodes, the story of this powerful tool to save lives and also the challenges that immunization still faces.
Reinaldo completes 20 years of career as a science journalist this year, most of them at Folha. In 2017, he won the José Reis Award, the most important in the area in Brazil. He is also the author of 11 books, including “1499: O Brasil Prior to Cabral”.
In the podcast, the journalist mixes historical references, pop culture and interviews with experts to talk, in an informal and didactic way, about how doses work in our bodies, the resistance of some groups to immunization, why some vaccines never existed and which one should be their future.
“We do not want to leave aside the ethical issues and uncertainties that sometimes affect the debate about vaccination”, says the presenter. “It is normal for people to have doubts and fears about a technology whose functioning they do not understand. And no technology is perfect. Our role is to explain the facts as best we can, to take those doubts into account, but also to show how vaccines are crucial to any public health strategy.”
In the first episode of Immune Response, the journalist tells the story of the cow Florzinha. In her teat lesions was the original source of the first smallpox vaccine—one of the deadliest diseases caused by a virus. In the 20th century alone, when the smallpox vaccine already existed, it killed 300 million people.
Listen to the episode:
The show will be posted on Wednesday mornings on major podcast platforms. Response Immune is produced by Juliana Deodoro and sound editing by Luan Alencar. Support is from GSK.
Answer Immune becomes part of the catalog of audio programs coordinated by Folha’s Podcasts editor, which brings together products such as Café da Manhã, a daily news podcast in partnership with Spotify; Expresso Illustrada, about culture; Illustrious Conversa, from interviews with non-fiction authors; and Boletim Folha, with a summary of the news in two daily editions. The list now has 16 programs.
Where on the main podcast platforms
When on Wednesdays, 8 am