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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.
‘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?

Vaccines delivered via skin may offer better protection against respiratory diseases

Vaccines delivered via skin may offer better protection against respiratory diseases

Modified Vaccinia Ankara model vaccine prevents COVID-19 in transgenic mice study

Modified Vaccinia Ankara model vaccine prevents COVID-19 in transgenic mice study

Pandemic backlash jeopardizes public health powers, leaders

Pandemic backlash jeopardizes public health powers, leaders

Oxford University podcast's third season to take listeners on a journey through historical pandemics

Oxford University podcast's third season to take listeners on a journey through historical pandemics

Readers and tweeters shed light on vaccine trials and bias in health care

Readers and tweeters shed light on vaccine trials and bias in health care

Qatar worker communities may have attained herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2

Qatar worker communities may have attained herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2

Corralling the facts on herd immunity

Corralling the facts on herd immunity

New review explores the role of antibodies and T-cells towards an effective COVID vaccine

New review explores the role of antibodies and T-cells towards an effective COVID vaccine

New book gives overview of viruses and how they emerge to cause pandemics

New book gives overview of viruses and how they emerge to cause pandemics

With schools starting online, vaccinations head for recess

With schools starting online, vaccinations head for recess

Trust, fear and solidarity will determine the success of a COVID vaccine

Trust, fear and solidarity will determine the success of a COVID vaccine

Conspiracy theories aside, here’s what contact tracers really do

Conspiracy theories aside, here’s what contact tracers really do

Coronavirus study shows herd immunity is infeasible

Coronavirus study shows herd immunity is infeasible

Research suggests protective effect of influenza vaccine against COVID-19 severity and mortality

Research suggests protective effect of influenza vaccine against COVID-19 severity and mortality

Integration of diverse set of species and environments can enhance biomedical research cycle

Integration of diverse set of species and environments can enhance biomedical research cycle

Modified Vaccinia Ankara-based vaccine candidate for SARS-CoV-2

Modified Vaccinia Ankara-based vaccine candidate for SARS-CoV-2

Acknowledging human right to health could galvanize people, organizations to make real change

Acknowledging human right to health could galvanize people, organizations to make real change

Experts highlight triumph over polio and hope to do the same for COVID-19

Experts highlight triumph over polio and hope to do the same for COVID-19