Monday, March 22, 2010
Revisiting the FX film "Smallpox 2002": a dire argument for resuming routine vaccinations
Since I’ve reviewed some recent films about pandemics, some less credible than others (whether or not government-created), I thought I’d remind the visitor of the 2002 film from Britain for the FX network by Dan Percival, “Smallpox 2002: Silent Weapon”. The film starts with a lone infected visitor in the New York subway and in three months the world has a shocking epidemic killing millions and destroying the economy. The government tries diluting the vaccine (a trick tried in the early days of H1N1). A few characters are followed, and some, such as a teenage boy who goes to London, come to a tragic end.
In the film, the “guilty party” is a loner, not part of Al Qaeda.
The film makes a powerful argument for the idea that we ought to renew smallpox vaccinations as routine.