Vaccines Alone Are Not Enough To Eradicate A Virus – Lessons from History
by Caitjan Gainty and Agnes Arnold-Forster
Smallpox killed countless millions – 300 million people in the 20th century alone – before it was finally declared eradicated on May 8 1980. It was a momentous day, marking what the current director general of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called the greatest “public health triumph in world history”.
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