Did you know that the vacc in vaccination means cow? Do you know why vaccination got it’s name from cows? It’s all about the smallpox virus and how we conquered it. For 10,000 years, humanity suffered from the scourge of smallpox. The virus killed almost a third of its victims within two weeks and left survivors horribly scarred. But Simona Zompi commends the brave souls — a Buddhist nun, a boy, a cow, a dairymaid and physician Edward Jenner — who first stopped the spread of this disastrous disease, to make us smallpox-free today.