India’s eradication of smallpox and polio, lessons on how to (and how not to) tackle Covid-19 vaccination

While the smallpox eradication program was administered among adults, the approach of the drive was very different and largely restricted to identified areas like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, where the disease was more prevalent. From1964 onwards the vaccination strategy was reformulated. The focus was now on Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal where smallpox was most prevalent. The introduction of the bifurcated needle technique and the availability of a more potent, heat-stable, and freeze-dried vaccine in place of the liquid vaccine simplified the process and increased vaccine uptake.
Dr. Connie Says:  This article talks about the use of force in eradication SPX in Bihar but I never had to use force. I used persuasion, jokes, and how the smallpox goddess and I were working together. I had a piece of the goddess (vaccine) that would come softly and protect. 

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