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No Smallpox in Pennsylvania

November 19, 2021 • 2:24 pm CST
(Precision Vaccinations)

Laboratory testing at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that recently discovered vials marked as “smallpox” contain vaccinia, the virus used in the smallpox vaccine. 

As of November 18, 2021, there is no evidence that the vials contain the variola virus, the cause of smallpox.

No one was exposed to the contents of the vials.

The CDC is in close contact with state and local health officials, law enforcement, and the World Health Organization about these findings.

On November 15, 2021, the U.S. Government was notified of the report of a small number of intact, frozen vials labeled “smallpox” discovered by a laboratory worker while cleaning out a freezer in a facility that conducts vaccine research in Pennsylvania.

The freezer facility was immediately secured, and staff followed standard protocols for notifying the CDC of such a potential discovery. 

Two smallpox vaccines have recently been used; JYNNEOS Smallpox Vaccine and ACAM2000 Smallpox Vaccine.