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Video: Vaccine Development From Smallpox to COVID

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René F. Najera, DrPH

August 9, 2021

From the video's description:

"Join us to explore the historical and modern-day development of vaccination comparing the first and only human disease eradicated by vaccination, smallpox, and today’s global challenge, COVID-19. This event was recorded live on 15 July 2021.

Learn about ‘A Pox In All Our Houses: Discovering the origin and evolution of smallpox vaccine’ the fascinating ongoing research project with Dr Ana Duggan, adjunct assistant professor at McMaster University, and Anna Dhody, curator of the Mütter Museum. Using the latest scientific techniques, this project is sampling historic items associated with smallpox vaccination to answer questions about the variety of viruses used for vaccination purposes across the globe during the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the items sampled is a set of blades from the RCP collection that is likely to have belonged to Edward Jenner (1749–1823), the doctor who greatly advanced the development of smallpox inoculation.

In comparison we will also hear from Dr Gregory Poland director of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic, about how today's COVID vaccines are being developed to tackle a modern, pandemic disease."

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