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We are told, “The only real hope of getting back to normal is an effective vaccine that will protect people against Covid-19.”

Vaccination has been proven time and again to be safe and the best way of protecting populations against disease.

But like any medicine, it is not without risk and the history of pandemic viruses is particularly worth consideration as the UK government considers changing the law to fast-track a Covid-19 vaccine and to grant pharmaceutical companies immunity from being sued.

The last time the UK rushed a vaccine into use it ended up costing taxpayers millions of pounds in compensation because of a rare complication linked to the Pandemrix vaccine, developed by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to protect against swine flu.