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WHO Puts Off Destruction of U.S., Russian Caches

Science  25 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5555, pp. 598-599
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5555.598

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GENEVA-- Humankind's worst public health enemy, on death row for more than 2 decades, has won another reprieve. Last week the World Health Organization's governing board agreed to delay destruction of the last known samples of smallpox, now kept on ice at two high-security facilities in Russia and the United States.