Dr June Goodfield, 95, wrote The Planned Miracle which examined the collaborative global attempt to eradicate smallpox through vaccination. She even took part in the BBC Terry Wogan Show to share her experience writing the book at the time.
Now more than 30 years later, The Planned Miracle is being translated into Japanese to help stem Covid-19 deaths in Asia.
Dr Goodfield said she was “thrilled” her book was being used in light of the latest global pandemic.
She said, “I’m just thrilled if my book can be of help. What led me to write about the challenges of vaccination in the poorest countries is that in the early 1980s, I realized that two whales stranded in the Arctic were getting more media coverage than thousands. of children and babies dying from smallpox – a preventable virus. The number of dead children was equivalent to the explosion of a Hiroshima bomb every day, but, incredulously, it was hardly mentioned.
Dr Goodfield said he was told the hope is for the Japanese population to get vaccinated against Covid-19 after reading the book.
She said: “I want people to see the lessons learned all those years ago and how essential it is to get the vaccine. We are fortunate to live in a country that has a great program to stop deaths from this virus. “