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This 1980 photograph, taken at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), depicted three former directors of the Global Smallpox Eradication Program, as they read the good news that smallpox had been eradicated on a global scale. From left to right were Dr. J. Donald Millar, who was Director from 1966 – 1970, Dr. William H. Foege, who was Director from 1970- 1973, and Dr. J. Michael Lane, who was Director from 1973-1981.

The worldwide eradication of this dreaded virus was due to the Smallpox Eradication Campaign of the late 1960’s, early 1970s, whereupon, a mass-vaccination program was instituted across the globe that lead to the declaration in 1978 by a global commission that smallpox had been eradicated, which was officially accepted by the 33rd World Health Assembly in 1980.

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Content Providers(s): CDC
Creation Date: 1980
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