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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallpox_virus_retention_controversy

The smallpox virus retention controversy is a debate that has been ongoing among ... This was postponed to 30 June 1999, then again to 30 June 2002. ... Also, 30 years after the disease was eradicated, the virus' genomic information ... The protocol for destruction of variola major virus involves a member of the WHO being ...

blogs.nature.com/news/2014/05/who-postpones-decision-on-destruction-of-smallpox-stocks-again.html

May 28, 2014 ... WHO postpones decision on destruction of smallpox stocks — again ... of the variola virus should be destroyed but deferred to this year's meeting ... Some scientists are also keen for smallpox research using live virus not to be ...

www.nytimes.com/1993/08/30/us/fate-virus-special-report-scientists-debate-destroying-last-strains-smallpox.html?pagewanted=all

Aug 30, 1993 ... The virus's death sentence comes 13 years after the World Health ... What are believed to be the last remaining stocks of the smallpox virus have been kept ... called for simultaneous destruction of the remaining stocks by New Year's Eve. .... Such a committee could affirm the deadline, postpone it until new ...

www.who.int/biologicals/vaccines/smallpox/en

Jan 13, 2014 ... Smallpox is an acute contagious disease caused by variola virus, ... In the interest of global security, these stocks were to be destroyed by the end of the ... of smallpox virus has been postponed by the World Health Assembly. ... under appropriate conditions for as long as 18 years have not lost their potency.

www.ctvnews.ca/health/should-the-last-last-smallpox-virus-stocks-be-destroyed-scientists-urge-delay-1.1801969

May 1, 2014 ... A transmission electron micrograph of smallpox viruses using a ... But the World Health Assembly, the WHO's decision-making assembly, repeatedly has postponed that ... For centuries smallpox killed about a third of the people who ... of developing countries and wants the virus destroyed within two years.

www.armscontrol.org/act/2009_03/tucker

Mar 4, 2009 ... [5] At each repository, the virus stocks are stored in liquid-nitrogen freezers ... DNA sequencing effort led the WHO to postpone the date of destruction. .... live virus after a hiatus of a few years for safety and security upgrades, ...

www.wired.com/2014/07/smallpox-dah

Jul 14, 2014 ... The scientist who led the effort to eradicate smallpox in the 1960s speaks ... the news broke that 60-year-old vials containing viable smallpox virus had ... to take; instead, for the sixth time in a row, it postponed a vote on destruction in favor of more study. ... What are we going to use the smallpox virus for?

www.newscientist.com/article/mg22229694-800-lets-finally-condemn-the-smallpox-virus-to-extinction

May 14, 2014 ... The species is the Variola virus, which causes smallpox, and the ... labs across the world and destroyed all stocks of the virus except for ... The WHO has repeatedly postponed the date of destruction because of US and Russian opposition. ... Over the last 30 years, the stocks of virus have contributed little to ...

www.foxnews.com/health/2014/05/02/scientists-debate-whether-remaining-smallpox-virus-should-be-destroyed.html

May 2, 2014 ... The last few strains of the variola virus, the pathogen that causes ... Scientists debate whether remaining smallpox virus should be destroyed ... and for the past 30 years, WHO has repeatedly postponed taking this step.

wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/17/4/10-1865

Apr 4, 2011 ... One-year-old child on day 10 of a smallpox infection; his face is covered with ... postponed the final decision for any recommended destruction ...