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WASHINGTON — The FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating “questionable vials” labeled “smallpox” and found in a freezer last night at a Merck facility outside Philadelphia, according to an alert sent to Department of Homeland Security leadership on Tuesday night.
There were reportedly a total of 15 questionable vials, according to the unclassified “For Official Use Only” alert, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News. Five of the vials were labeled as “smallpox” and 10 were labeled as “vaccinia.” The vials were secured immediately.
The article goes on to state the following:
The discovery of the vials prompted a lockdown of the facility, which has since been lifted. The FBI and CDC launched investigations, which remain ongoing.
The report explains that smallpox is considered so deadly that only two labs in the world are authorized to store samples of the virus. One is in Russia and the other at the CDC in Atlanta.
The samples have reportedly been preserved in case they are needed to develop new vaccines if there is a new outbreak.
The report does not offer any explanation for why the vials were in Pennsylvania.
A CDC spokesperson said, “There is no indication that anyone has been exposed to the small number of frozen vials. The frozen vials labeled ‘Smallpox’ were incidentally discovered by a laboratory worker while cleaning out a freezer in a facility that conducts vaccine research in Pennsylvania.”
CBS Philly reported on the discovery Wednesday morning. WATCH BELOW:
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) November 17, 2021
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