a website about destruction of smallpox virus stocks
For decades, the US and Russia have resisted destroying the last remaining smallpox viruses. But this year, a review by World Health Organization public health experts concludes that the viruses serve no essential public health purpose and that continued experimentation with them poses the potentially catastropic risk of an escape.
2011 may be the year in which smallpox is finally truly eradicated. If not now, when? If not now, then why on earth do Russia and the US want to keep them?
Destruction of Smallpox Virus Stocks @ WHA65 (2012)
2011 Major Review
• Report from Geneva - Article detailing the 64th WHA smallpox debate. (25 May 2011)
Smallpox Virus Stocks at the 64th WHA: Implementing the Conclusions of the Major Review (2011)
Update on Smallpox (Variola) Virus Destruction (2010)
Destruction of Smallpox Virus Stocks - An Update for the Sixtieth World Health Assembly (2007)
Update on Destruction of Variola Virus Stocks (2006)
The Genetic Engineering of Smallpox: WHO's Retreat from the Eradication of Smallpox Virus and Why it Should be Stopped (2005)
Selected WHO Documents on Smallpox Stocks
SELECTED ARTICLES [under construction]
Macintyre B (2011). A pox on the keepers of a killer virus. The Australian. 28 April. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/a-pox-on-the-keepers-of-a-killer-virus/story-e6frg6ux-1226045796587
Henderson DA (2011). Smallpox Virus Destruction and the Implications of a New Vaccine. Biosecurity & Bioterrorism. doi:10.1089/bsp.2011.0011 (free full text)
Lane JM and GA Poland (2011). Why not destroy the remaining smallpox virus stocks? Vaccine. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.02.081 (paywall)
Salzberg S (2011). It's time to destroy the U.S. smallpox reserves. Forbes (Science Business). 13 March. http://bit.ly/glq1Hr (free full text)
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