Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, February 26th, 1996
In May 1996, supplies of the variola virus locked away in special freezers in the United States and Russia could be totally destroyed. That's when general assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) will decide whether or not to accept a recommendation from the WHO Executive Board on keeping the world's remaining stocks of smallpox virus.
Smallpox was officially declared eradicated in 1980. The last case had been registered in Somalia three years earlier. Vaccination was...
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