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World Health Body Fires Starting Gun

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Science  24 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5572, pp. 1383
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5572.1383a

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- On 18 May, the World Health Organization's top decision-making body approved a recommendation to delay destruction of the world's two known stocks of smallpox, held under tight guard in Russia and the United States. And, to the surprise of many at last week's meeting of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, anticipated calls for a new destruction date failed to materialize.