Queues formed at the Red Cross Centre in Beirut on Friday (March 31) as a smallpox vaccination campaign got under way.
GV EXT Red Cross Centre, Beirut
SV ZOOM IN TO CU & SV's Children being vaccinated (4 shots)
MV Nuns doing paperwork
MV Small boy being vaccinated
MV Women doing paperwork TILT TO man with sleeve rolled up
CU Another man vaccinated
CU Doctor holding serum capsule
MV Man being vaccinated.
MV People waiting
MV Man vaccinated PAN TO Women and children waiting
PEOPLE QUEUEING FOR AND RECEIVING SMALLPOX VACCINATIONS AT BEIRUT RED CROSS CENTRE.
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Background: Queues formed at the Red Cross Centre in Beirut on Friday (March 31) as a smallpox vaccination campaign got under way. The campaign, to become compulsory the following day by order of the Lebanese authorities, came as fears of a smallpox outbreak grew. The scare followed reports of smallpox on the Syrian-Iraqi border, and outbreaks in Yugoslavia--where the death toll had risen to 20 by Friday--and West Germany.
Syrian authorities began a similar campaign at the same time.
SYNOPSIS: Fears of a smallpox outbreak in the Lebanon led people to queue for vaccinations at the Red Cross Centre in Beirut, the capital, on Friday. The following day, vaccinations against the disease were to become compulsory, by order of the Lebanese authorities, following reports of 15 smallpox cases on the Syrian-Iraqi border nearby. The cases were reported to the Lebanese Government by the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, which is also concerned at outbreaks in Yugoslavia--where by Friday 20 people had died.
Smallpox has also been reported in West Germany, where over five hundred people were put into quarantine after being in contact with an immigrant Yugoslav worker. The worker came from the Yugoslav province where the outbreak began earlier in March.
Meanwhile, as Lebanese authorities continued their vaccination campaign, aided by the Red Cross, neighbouring Arab countries began similar operations. Other European and Middle East countries were also on the alert.