Rio de Janeiro
24 - 27 August 2010
Sabin convened along with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and Fogarty International (NIH) the symposium: “Smallpox Eradication after 30 years: Lessons, Legacies and Innovations." Over 260 delegates from 34 countries attended the four day meeting hosted on the historic campus of FIOCRUZ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 24-27, 2010.
The symposium attracted many well known global health figures including many high level speakers such as DA Henderson, Tachi Yamada, Mirta Roses and the Minister of Health Brazil, Jose Temporao. Those who worked on the smallpox eradication campaign shared with the newer generation their experiences in hopes of those currently working in the field can use them on current eradication campaigns.
A special supplement to the journal VACCINE will be published containing all of the papers from the meeting, Ciro de Quadros will be co-editor of this publication.
A statement was released at the conclusion of the meeting outlining the developments of the symposium as well as other items including among them a call for a renewed look at the previous WHO decision to postpone the destruction of remaining smallpox virus currently held in only two laboratories (Russia and USA) globally.
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil