In­ven­tion could pro­vide all the child­hood vac­cines in one jab

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AN in­jec­tion that could pack­age the whole range of child­hood vac­cines in a sin­gle jab is on the way.

Sci­en­tists in the US are de­vel­op­ing a new method of con­tain­ing vac­cines in mi­cro­scopic sealed “cof­fee cups”. They are de­signed so that their lids de­grade at spe­cific times, al­low­ing the con­tents to spill out.

The technology could lead to a whole col­lec­tion of vac­cines be­ing in­cor­po­rated into a sin­gle jab, in­clud­ing boost­ers that are re­leased af­ter a spe­cific time pe­riod.

Lead sci­en­tist Pro­fes­sor Robert Langer, from the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Technology (MIT), said: “We are very ex­cited. This could have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on pa­tients ev­ery­where, es­pe­cially in the de­vel­op­ing world.”

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