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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/1993/12/25/us/smallpox-virus-frozen-in-2-labs-escapes-a-scalding-end-for-now.html

Dec 25, 1993 ... The smallpox virus, one of the biggest killers in history, has won a temporary ... the smallpox virus, had planned to destroy them simultaneously by New Year's Eve. ... But the execution has been postponed for several reasons.

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 ... this month: Destroy the virus completely – or keep these remaining vials in stock. ... and for the past 30 years, WHO has repeatedly postponed taking this step.

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.

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 ...

www.vox.com/2014/5/27/5754548/why-the-world-cant-bring-itself-to-destroy-smallpox-once-and-for-all

May 27, 2014 ... The virus is eradicated and only exists in two labs. ... Why the world can't bring itself to destroy smallpox once and for all ... But in recent years, as this Nature piece reported, when an old smallpox scab turned up or workers ... factor that has led people to continue to postpone smallpox's kill date for decades.

www.vox.com/2014/5/22/5739380/why-were-never-really-going-to-get-rid-of-smallpox

May 22, 2014 ... The case for destroying smallpox is simple enough: what if the virus ... led people to continue to postpone smallpox's kill date for over 30 years.

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 ...