December 2018

New Version of the Polio Vaccine Could Lead to the Disease’s Elimination

Adopting a technique already utilized to effectively store and transport vaccines for measles and typhoid, Shin was able to stabilize the polio vaccine through a freeze-drying method that now allows it to be stored for up to four weeks a room temperature

First developed in 1955, the polio vaccine has done more than its fair share to help eliminate the disease entirely, however, complete abolition has yet to be achieved, due primarily to the anti-vaxxer movement, as well as Islamic fundamentalist opposition to modern medicine. But there’s another technical challenge that researchers believe they may have found a solution to; stabilization.