No plague was released.....

Sep 2016
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....this time.

Next time, who knows?

Why must we keep this stuff around at all?
Should Remaining Stockpiles of Smallpox Virus (Variola) Be Destroyed?

In 2011, the World Health Organization will recommend the fate of existing smallpox stockpiles, but circumstances have changed since the complete destruction of these cultures was first proposed. Recent studies suggest that variola and its experimental surrogate, vaccinia, have a remarkable ability to modify the human immune response through complex mechanisms that scientists are only just beginning to unravel. Further study that might require intact virus is essential. Moreover, modern science now has the capability to recreate smallpox or a smallpox-like organism in the laboratory in addition to the risk of nature re-creating it as it did once before. These factors strongly suggest that relegating smallpox to the autoclave of extinction would be ill advised.
 
May 2012
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Not a big deal since we already know the cure for it.

May take out some lives but it's preventable after that.
 
May 2012
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If you have a cure for smallpox, you should let someone know about that.
Not a cure but a vaccine.

As I said, after the initial wave then it could be prevented.

There will never be an outbreak that sees millions die. At most it would be a few hundred.
 
Feb 2011
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Not a cure but a vaccine.

As I said, after the initial wave then it could be prevented.

There will never be an outbreak that sees millions die. At most it would be a few hundred.
There's a vaccine for measles, too.

and a lot of anti vaxxers.
 

Djinn

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Dec 2007
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It makes sense to keep the disease in protected storage, because if there is an outbreak in the future, that emergency reserve will facilitate research and vaccine development. Don't forget - we know a LOT about smallpox - but we don't know "everything." There may come a time when we need to use not-yet-invented technology to study some not-yet-discovered aspect of the virus. And when that time comes, it'll be good that the samples exist.
 
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Jun 2014
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It makes sense to keep the disease in protected storage, because if there is an outbreak in the future, that emergency reserve will facilitate research and vaccine development. Don't forget - we know a LOT about smallpox - but we don't know "everything." There may come a time when we need to use not-yet-invented technology to study some not-yet-discovered aspect of the virus. And when that time comes, it'll be good that the samples exist.

Besides, there's no guarantee that the smallpox virus doesn't still exist in the wild.
 
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