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    • The Windmill Girls, showgirls from the Windmill Theatre in London, are vaccinated against influenza on 12 September 1963.
    • Nurse Marie Josette Francou vaccinates people against cholera in Mong Duc, Indochina on 10 October, 1953.
    • In this photo from 14 April, 1947, a long line snakes its way toward the entrance of Morrisania Hospital in New York's Bronx, where doctors inoculate locals against smallpox.
    • French reporter Dominique Faget receives the flu vaccine at the headquarters of Agence France-Presse in Paris on 15 September 1976.
    • A flu vaccination in a factory in Leningrad, USSR, in 1977.
    • Taken on 16 August, 1957, this photo shows Dr. Joseph Ballinger giving Marjorie Hill, a nurse at Montefiore Hospital in New York, the first Asian flu vaccine shot administered in the city.
    • People queue on 1 September 1961 to be vaccinated against cholera in front of a medical centre in Hong Kong.
    • Michelle Krebs, 18,  reacts as she is vaccinated by school nurse Jill Kuhns,  Friday, 8 June, 2001 a Salem High School in Salem, Ohio.
    •  Elvis Presley receives a Salk polio vaccine shot from Dr. Harold Fuerst on  28 October, 1956, in New York City.
    • Coggie Pearce, left, and his sister, Debbie, 4, rub their behinds after receiving inoculations of gamma globulin in mass testing of the preventative polio vaccine, 2 July, 1952.
    • People queue on 20 April 1959 to be vaccinated against smallpox in Singapore.
    • A U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, member of a USAID military health team, inoculates a flood refugee against cholera at the refugee centre on Nui Sam mountain, Chau Doc province., 1966
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    The Windmill Girls, showgirls from the Windmill Theatre in London, are vaccinated against influenza on 12 September 1963.

    Throughout history, humans have developed and rolled out vaccines against deadly diseases, from influenza to polio. As Europe enters yet another lockdown, people are hoping 2021 runs smoother.

    COVID-19 has killed more than 1.6 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation, but vaccines are offering hope. 

    Check out Sputnik’s gallery to see how they have developed throughout history.

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