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
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. (Read more smallpox stories.)

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