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Tom McVey
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Using the "ring vaccination" idea developed by the CDC's William Foege, Henderson's program was able to successfully eliminate smallpox by 1980, 14 years after the effort was launched, despite skepticism in the US and in the WHO itself after the failure to eliminate yellow fever.

WaPo obit here.
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Wendell
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All the little chicks with crimson lips, go...
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Hey, get your stinking cursor off my face! I got nukes, you know.
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There are a lot of people alive today because of the work of Henderson and all the people in the WHO and various health ministries and the like. RIP.
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wifwendell wrote:
There are a lot of people alive today because of the work of Henderson and all the people in the WHO and various health ministries and the like. RIP.


1.5-2 million deaths per year, and 10 million cases (with possible disfigurement and blindness) as recently as 1966, according to the WHO's book on the smallpox eradication campaign. One of the best investments the developed world ever made.
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The good old days. Back before Jenny McCarthy and Facebook.
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