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John F. Kennedy
The Last Thing President John F. Kennedy Ever Signed in the Oval Office Among the most poignant mementos of Camelot ever offered for sale, signed and given by Kennedy himself at his final meeting in the Oval Office; It is dated November 21, 1963; JFK left for Texas that morning
21/11/1963. Thomas S. Estes was the U.S. Ambassador to Upper Volta from 1961-1966, and was instrumental in ridding Africa of the scourges of measles and smallpox.Jonas Salk, who had invented the polio vaccine, discovered a vaccine that prevented measles and smallpox. Upper Volta’s Minister of Health asked Estes to help obtain the new Salk vaccine for his country. In his nation about three out of five children between the ages of 1 and 5 died every year during the cold season, as they would be weakened by the measles or smallpox and then catch pneumonia or some other fatal illness. Estes consulted with the State Department which, as he said, “let me know it would be my decision if the vaccine were to be used in Upper Volta. After consulting with experts from the World Health Organization, who agreed to undertake the project if it were extended to all of Africa, I agreed provided that the teams doing the vaccinations should include Voltaic, French and American technicians. If the project worked well in Upper Volta, the other African countries would welcome it.” Some in Africa accused the U.S. of poisoning African babies but about 300,000 children were vaccinated. The program proved to be an outstanding success, and set the stage for vaccination programs that eliminated smallpox and greatly reduced the measles cases in Africa.In November 1963 Estes and Charles Darlington, who was U.S. Ambassador to Gabon, were in Washington hoping for appointments to see President Kennedy before returning to their postings in Africa. Kennedy was very busy, and they had difficulty obtain … [Click Below for Full Description]
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