how did they eradicate smallpox?
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The US, with the advice of top scientist D.A. Henderson, decided to eradicate what little smallpox they had as an attempt to eliminate once and for all the terrible life-taking potential of the disease. However it became clear that not all smallpox had been eradicated (the Soviet Union stockpiled the virus). Henderson's movement was paradoxical in that eradicating the virus had just made the world more vulnerable to its terrible power by eliminating the potential for immunization.