The FBI and Centers for Disease Control are investigating vials marked “Smallpox” that were found in a Merck lab outside Philadelphia.
Samples of smallpox aren’t approved to be used in private experiments or research.
The 15 “questionable vials” were found inside a Merck facility freezer in a Pennsylvania vaccine research facility.
An alert 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 earth in 1980.
The smallpox virus infected 15 million people globally every year, killing about 30% of those infected.
By comparison, the Covid-19 virus kills less than 1% of those who are infected.