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)