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Chief medical officer confirms key health workers will be vaccinated against smallpox

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7369.855/b (Published 19 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:855
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Key health professionals in England will be vaccinated against smallpox as part of the United Kingdom's first line of defence against deliberate release of the pathogen, the chief medical officer said last week.

    Professor Liam Donaldson explained that the Department of Health was carrying out intensive planning for the possibility of a bioterrorist attack, although he pointed out that there was no evidence of a specific threat. He outlined the strategy during an interview with the BBC: “Our primary strategy on smallpox is …

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