Stay of execution

The WHO has granted the smallpox virus another last-minute reprieve. Fears over bioterrorism have already prompted the US to resist plans to destroy remaining official stocks (This Week, 1 May, p 12). Last week, WHO member states voted to appoint a new scientific panel to decide what research is still needed to develop vaccines and antiviral drugs. The panel has until 2002 to set another, final date for destruction. The stocks were due to have been destroyed in 1993, and again in 1995,
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