Monday 19 February 2018

Russia, US fight to save pox supplies

Washington and Moscow are joining forces to prevent the destruction of their remaining stocks of smallpox, arguing that the supplies could be needed to develop a vaccine in the event of a bio-terror attack.

At a meeting today, the World Health Organisation will propose eradicating the samples, which are kept in high-security facilities in Atlanta and Novosibirsk, to prevent them being stolen or unleashed. "We need to have the virus collections maintained," a US official said.

Once the most deadly virus in the world, smallpox killed about a third of those who contracted it when it first appeared. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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