MOSCOW, 7 Mar – RIA Novosti. Virologist, doctor of medical sciences Svetlana Marennikova died at the age of 98, according to the website of Rospotrebnadzor. “The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being informs with deep regret that on March 5, 2021, an outstanding Soviet and Russian virologist died. , Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, Honored Worker of Science of the Russian Federation Svetlana Sergeevna Marennikova, “the message says.
Svetlana Marennikova was born in 1923 in Kharkov. She made a huge contribution to the deliverance of humanity from smallpox. For 22 years, she has been involved in a global program to eliminate this viral disease. Marennikova headed the smallpox prevention laboratory of the Mechnikov Research Institute of Vaccines and Serums. On its basis, the WHO International Smallpox Reference Center was created. The virologist became one of two representatives of the USSR in the Global Commission for Certification of Smallpox Eradication, which included 21 specialists from all over the world. “The bright memory of Svetlana Sergeevna Marennikova will forever remain in the hearts of numerous friends, students and colleagues from all over the world,” the message says.