Smallpox: Threat Resurrected

Health ministers from around the world are gathering this month at the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) for their annual meeting, the World Health Assembly. On the agenda will be a dilemma that has dogged decision-makers for decades - whether and when to destroy the last remaining stocks of the smallpox virus, which are still being held in high-security laboratories in Russia and the United States (US) more than thirty years after the disease was erased from the planet.

The World Today Published 1 May 2011 Updated 13 October 2020 4 minute READ

Subscribe to read all issues

Articles from the current issue are free to read by all, the archive is exclusive to magazine subscribers and our members. Subscribe or become a member to view articles from the archive.