Eradicating smallpox: the global vaccination push that brought the world together

As the roll-out of COVID vaccines proceeds, it’s worth looking back on the challenges and successes of the early global spread of smallpox vaccination. Smallpox (also known by its scientific name, variola) was a horrible, highly infectious disease, with a case fatality-rate of 30 percent. In 1798, Edward Jenner, an English country doctor, published data […]