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Vancouver Heritage Fair
The Canadian Ebola Vaccine : Is it "Heritage"?
I find out about the Ebola vaccine, and see if it qualifies as something us Canadians should consider as “heritage” or not. I also talk about Ebola, and some other past medical breakthroughs in Canada.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing that I learned about was how the vaccine works. I always thought that the vaccine either killed all of the nasty things going into your body, or it forces your cells to do so. I never knew that the vaccine itself is supposed to be a representation of the virus or disease in question to illicit a immune system response.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
It was incredible to even think that something so BIG can be stopped with a prick of a needle. I mean, the fact that us Canadians actually did something big is already quite amazing.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
I think that I am living a very, very safe life compared to those living where Ebola is striking, or those working in the lab. I mean, just touching an "infectee" can kill you. I sometimes get scared when I cross the street.