We just completed a century that saw more than 65 million people die in two great world wars. This staggering toll pales, however, compared to the carnage caused by the smallpox virus. Best estimates indicate that 300-500 million people died from smallpox in the 20th century – several times the numbers of deaths from all wars combined.
Washington, DC -- Ciro A. de Quadros, who played central roles in the eradication of polio from the Western Hemisphere and the ongoing measles eradication effort in the Americas, became the eighth recipient of the Albert Sabin Gold Medal at a ceremony in Washington, DC this evening. He is director of the Division of Vaccines and Immunization at the Pan American Health Organization. The Albert B.