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 An English doctor, Edward Jenner, carries out the
first vaccination against smallpox in 1796
by inoculating a boy with cowpox virus.

Since 15 June 2007, the world has been implementing the International Health Regulations (2005). This legally-binding agreement significantly contributes to global public health security by providing a new framework for the coordination of the management of events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern, and will improve the capacity of all countries to detect, assess, notify and respond to public health threats.

Countries that are States Parties to the Regulations have two years to assess their capacity and develop national action plans followed by three years to meet the requirements of the Regulations regarding their national surveillance and response systems as well as the requirements at designated airports, ports and certain ground crossings (a two-year extension may be obtained, and, in exceptional circumstances, an additional extension could be granted, not exceeding two years).



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From the 14th century, European doctors visiting plague victims wore protective clothing, a mask and a beak containing strong-smelling herbs.

This sketch, called “Death’s Dispensary”, was drawn by George Pinwell in 1866, aroud the time John Snow was studying the connection between London’s contaminated water supply and outbreaks of cholera.

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