Smallpox gets stay of execution. But should it?
At the center of the concern for smallpox that virus stores is security. Security not only in the United States at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but in the former Soviet Union as well.
Is it prudent to continue to keep smallpox virus stores on hand? So much research has already been done on this virus but one has to question what further use it could be. Is it solely to produce vaccine should smallpox reemerge in nature?
These two factors alone underscore the need to destroy this virus.