Conversation topic Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd September 2016


The cost of life saving vaccines.

The price of vaccines has escalated and some poor countries are struggling prevent children from catching certain life-threatening diseases. The warning comes from the organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres. It criticises the drug companies which reply that they can’t make such complex medicine cheaper than they already do. Rob and Neil talk about the price of vaccines. Listen to their conversation and learn some new vocabulary.

This week’s question:

The first laboratory-developed vaccine was produced in 1879. The vaccine was against what was called chicken cholera. Who was the scientist behind it? Was it…

a) Alexander Fleming

b) Albert Sabin

c) Louis Pasteur

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.