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MSN: Who created the polio vaccine?

New generation discovering UC virologist Albert Sabin's work — the polio vaccine

The COVID-19 era is casting light back more than a half century to the time when former University of Cincinnati virologist Albert Sabin developed the live oral polio vaccine. Recent worldwide media coverage, including the latest from MSN, is highlighting the health care hero's work. 

Albert Sabin in his lab in the 1950s.

Albert Sabin in his lab. photo/UC Archives

"By 1963, Sabin had created an oral live-virus vaccine for all three types of poliovirus that was approved for use by the U.S. government," states the MSN story. "Sabin's version was cheaper and easier to produce than the Salk vaccine, and it quickly supplanted the Salk vaccine in the U.S."

In 1972, Sabin donated his vaccine strains to the World Health Organization (WHO), which greatly increased the vaccine's availability in low-income countries.

 

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