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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7196.1438 (Published 29 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1438

US keeps smallpox stock: The United States has decided to keep its stock of smallpox and to delay the global destruction of the virus. President Clinton and Donna Shalala, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, cited the growing threat of bioterrorism, the shortage of smallpox vaccines, and the potential to advance research in infectious disease as …

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