Future of Life Award 2020: Saving 200,000,000 Lives by Eradicating Smallpox

  • William Foege’s and Victor Zhdanov’s efforts to eradicate smallpox
  • Personal stories from Foege’s and Zhdanov’s lives
  • The history of smallpox
  • Biological issues of the 21st century

18:51 Implementing surveillance and containment throughout the world after success in West Africa

23:55 Wrapping up with eradication and dealing with the remnants of smallpox

25:35 Lab escape of smallpox in Birmingham England and the final natural case

27:20 Part 2: Introducing Michael Burkinsky as well as Victor and Katia Zhdanov

29:45 Introducing Victor Zhdanov Sr. and Alissa Zhdanov

31:05 Michael Burkinsky’s memories of Victor Zhdanov Sr.

39:26 Victor Zhdanov Jr.’s memories of Victor Zhdanov Sr.

46:15 Mushrooms with meat

47:56 Stealing the family car

49:27 Victor Zhdanov Sr.’s efforts at the WHO for smallpox eradication

58:27 Exploring Alissa’s book on Victor Zhdanov Sr.’s life

1:06:09 Michael’s view that Victor Zhdanov Sr. is unsung, especially in Russia

1:07:18 Part 3: William Foege on the history of smallpox and biology in the 21st century

1:07:32 The origin and history of smallpox

1:10:34 The origin and history of variolation and the vaccine

1:20:15 West African “healers” who would create smallpox outbreaks

1:22:25 The safety of the smallpox vaccine vs. modern vaccines

1:29:40 A favorite story of William Foege’s

1:35:50 Larry Brilliant and people central to the eradication efforts

1:37:33 Foege’s perspective on modern pandemics and human bias

1:47:56 What should we do after COVID-19 ends

1:49:30 Bio-terrorism, existential risk, and synthetic pandemics

1:53:20 Foege’s final thoughts on the importance of global health experts in politics