Dr. Stanley Plotkin developed the rubella vaccine for what was commonly called the German measles at the Wistar Institute back in the 1960’s. It helped to eradicate the disease in the United States and has become the R in what is known as the MMR vaccine. He also worked on vaccines for anthrax, polio, rabies and rotavirus. At the age of 87, he is still trying to save lives as he consults with pharmaceutical companies working to stem the scourge of COVID-19. He is very succinct and precise in explaining the differences in technologies then and now and how the process is unfolding. He is hopeful that this effort will bear fruit, but believes we will need more than one vaccine to do the job. He also has a word for the boisterous anti-vax movement in America today.
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