The FBI and Centers for Disease Control are investigating vials labeled “Smalpox” that were found in a Merck laboratory outside Philadelphia.
Samples of smallpox are not approved for use in private experiments or research.
The 15 “questionable vials” were found inside a freezer at a Merck facility in a vaccine research facility in Pennsylvania.
A warning was sent to the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday night, indicating that 5 of the vials were labeled “smallpox” and 10 as “vaccinia”, reports Yahoo News.
Bill Gates, who is not a doctor, recently warned that the next pandemic will be smallpox.
In a statement to CNN, the CDC said: “There is no indication that anyone has been exposed to the small number of frozen vials.”
Smallpox, a highly contagious and deadly virus, was eradicated from the earth in 1980.
The smallpox virus infected 15 million people globally each year, killing about 30% of those infected.
By comparison, the Covid-19 virus kills less than 1% of those infected.
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