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Vaccines alone aren’t enough to eradicate a virus – lessons from history – The Conversation UK

Too much hope is being pinned on the vaccine alone to get us out of the current pandemic. But ‘low-tech’ solutions are needed, too.

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Smallpox killed countless millions 300 million people in the 20th century alone before it was finally declared eradicated on May 8 1980. It was a momentous day, marking what the current director general of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called the greatest public health triumph in world history.
Smallpox, as one researcher has emphasised, was eradicated solely through vaccination. Today, this achievement feels particularly encouraging and seems ready for a reboot…

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