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Smallpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the variola virus, a member of the Orthopox virus family. It is one of the most devastating diseases known to humanity, with a mortality rate as high as 30%. In 1967, the World Health Organization embarked upon an intensified vaccination campaign to eliminate smallpox, which culminated in the successful eradication of the disease globally by 1980.

By the mid-1980s, there were only two known repositories of variola virus: the Institute of Virus Preparations in Russia, and the US CDC. The events in the US in September and October 2001 highlighted the risk that the variola virus might be used as an agent of bioterrorism. Governments around the world are taking precautionary measures to be ready to deal with a potential smallpox outbreak.
Exploring the polymerase of poxviruses at an atomic level

Exploring the polymerase of poxviruses at an atomic level

Extreme novel pandemics more likely to occur in the future, statistical study reveals

Extreme novel pandemics more likely to occur in the future, statistical study reveals

Federal vaccine program hasn’t helped those whose lives were altered by covid shot

Federal vaccine program hasn’t helped those whose lives were altered by covid shot

WHO outlines the next series of studies on the origins of SARS-CoV-2 virus

WHO outlines the next series of studies on the origins of SARS-CoV-2 virus

Comparative scoring system suggests possibility of global COVID-19 eradication

Comparative scoring system suggests possibility of global COVID-19 eradication

A quarter of US hospitals, and counting, demand workers get vaccinated. But not here.

A quarter of US hospitals, and counting, demand workers get vaccinated. But not here.

Vaccinia-based COVID-19 vaccines confer immunity in hamster model

Vaccinia-based COVID-19 vaccines confer immunity in hamster model

CDC monitoring over 200 individuals possibly exposed to monkeypox

CDC monitoring over 200 individuals possibly exposed to monkeypox

Clinical observations show acute myocarditis developed after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination

Clinical observations show acute myocarditis developed after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination

Immune response to FDA-approved vaccines is strong and potentially long-lasting

Immune response to FDA-approved vaccines is strong and potentially long-lasting

Myocarditis after SARS-CoV-2 vaccine

Myocarditis after SARS-CoV-2 vaccine

The potential of mRNA vaccines for a wide range of diseases

The potential of mRNA vaccines for a wide range of diseases

Experts offer plausible solutions to mitigate zoonotic risk associated with intensive animal agriculture

Experts offer plausible solutions to mitigate zoonotic risk associated with intensive animal agriculture

Vaccines can save lives and safeguard health and well-being

Vaccines can save lives and safeguard health and well-being

You don’t have to suffer to benefit from Covid vaccination — but some prefer it

You don’t have to suffer to benefit from Covid vaccination — but some prefer it

World Immunization Week: Vaccination in 2021

World Immunization Week: Vaccination in 2021

Fighting malaria in 2021: Where are we now and where are we going?

Fighting malaria in 2021: Where are we now and where are we going?

Majority of Americans support COVID-19 vaccine mandates, study finds

Majority of Americans support COVID-19 vaccine mandates, study finds

‘COVID-19 fears’ prevent many Africans from accessing malaria treatment

‘COVID-19 fears’ prevent many Africans from accessing malaria treatment

Can vaccination and infection rates add up to reach Covid herd immunity?

Can vaccination and infection rates add up to reach Covid herd immunity?