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Two glass tubes of anti-cholera vaccine mounted on board for display, Europe, 1892

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The first cholera vaccine was created by Waldemar Mordecai Wolfe Haffkine (1860-1930), a Russian bacteriologist, in July 1892 – shortly before these examples were produced. Haffkine was able to create a vaccine as the bacteria causing cholera had already been isolated by Robert Koch in 1883.

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