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stucly nested within the cohort of vaccinees). The committee applauds CDC for developing the evaluation and research plan so quickly, and looks forward to receiving further communication from CDC about these issues. CONCLUDING REMARKS in closing, the committee reiterates its key recommendations. Advancing the smallpox vaccination program should occur with a focus on cleiPining and then achieving national and local preparedness against a possible smallpox attack. Every effort should be macie to evaluate on a national scale the program's implementation, and most importantly, its safety. The committee wishes to thank you for the continuing opportunity to be of assistance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as it works to protect the nation's health. Brian L. Strom, Committee Chair Kristine M. Gebbie, Committee Vice Chair Robert B. Wallace, Committee Vice Chair Committee on Smallpox Vaccination Program Implementation . 6 26 !