According to some estimates, Maurice Hilleman’s vaccines save eight million lives every year. Amongst all the fake heroes, empty-headed movie stars, etc, his is a name worth remembering.

Having said that, COVID-19 vaccines saved some 20 million lives around the world in the year from December 8 2020, and December 8 2021. More recent data shows more than 3 million lives saved in the US alone to the end of 2022.