WHO Panel: Yeah, OK, Keep Your Smallpox Executive board backs Russian, US proposal to keep their stashes By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jan 21, 2011 1:53 PM CST 6 comments Comments A small vial of Smallpox vaccine is seen at Camp Pendleton, California. (Getty Images) (Newser) – The US and Russia can and should keep their smallpox supplies, the World Health Organization’s executive board concluded yesterday. The WHO has been asked to consider setting a deadline for destroying the virus, the Wall Street Journal explains. But at a meeting in Geneva yesterday, the board agreed with the US and Russian argument that they needed to continue researching the virus and developing treatments in case of a bioterror attack. From here, the debate will move to the WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly.