Report slams Pasteur Institute for loss of SARS virus tubes - and finds it also lost a freezer storing them

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Earlier this year it was revealed that the Pasteur Institute had lost more than 2,300 vials containing the potentially deadly SARS virus that were stocked on its premises in Paris. Mediapart has gained access to a confidential report of the investigation launched into the blunder, and from which it emerges that not only the vials went missing, but also the boxes and a freezer in which they were stored. The investigation contradicts the institute’s claim that the missing virus samples were no longer dangerous, and says that access to where they were kept was alarmingly insecure. Michel de Pracontal details the findings.

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There is still no trace of the 2,349 vials containing fragments of the SARS virus which the Pasteur Institute discovered six months ago had gone missing from the premises of its headquarters in Paris.