No plague was released.....

May 2012
By the wall
Besides, there's no guarantee that the smallpox virus doesn't still exist in the wild.
Of course it does, we have some of it.

So does that seed place in Norway or wherever it is and I am pretty sure Russia and China have samples of it also.
Feb 2010
between Moon and NYC
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.
Yeah, it really is that simple.

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