Many people working in global health thought eradicating smallpox was impossible. They were wrong. Season 2 of the Epidemic podcast, “Eradicating Smallpox,” is a journey to South Asia during the last days of variola major smallpox. Explore the timeline to learn about significant dates in the final push to end the virus.
One of humanity’s greatest triumphs is the eradication of smallpox. It happened because public health heroes conquered social stigma, local politics, and much more with an unwavering determination to achieve what many scientists thought was impossible.
The new eight-episode docuseries “Eradicating Smallpox” explores this remarkable triumph and uncovers striking parallels and contrasts to recent history in the shadows of the covid-19 pandemic.
Season 2 is a co-production of KFF Health News and Just Human Productions.