Date: February 19, 1996
CONDEMNED: One of the two remaining smallpox stores
Like a death-row inmate running out of chances to appeal, the last two remaining stores of smallpox virus have again been condemned to destruction. Late last month the governing board of the World Heath Organization (WHO) in Geneva recommended that the smallpox stocks-one padlocked and chained in Russia and another held in a high-security area at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta-be eradicated by June 30, 1999 (L.K. Altman, New York Times, Jan. 25, 1996, page A1). The final decision to get rid of the virus may be made at WHO's next annual meeting in May. The destiny of the virus has been in limbo for...
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