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Monday, September 27, 2021

Vaccination Without a Shot

My own informal conversations with people would indicate that there is a fear factor involved, and anything that would decrease that would increase participation. 

 3D-Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without a Shot

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  September 23, 2021

Scientists at Stanford University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have engineered a three-dimensionally (3D)-printed vaccine patch that offers more protection than a typical shot in the arm. The microneedle-studded polymer patch is applied directly to the skin, with a resulting 10-fold greater immune response and a 50-fold greater T-cell and antigen-specific antibody response compared to injection. UNC's Shaomin Tian said the microneedles are 3D-printed, which makes it easy to design patches specifically for flu, measles, hepatitis, or COVID-19 vaccines. Entrepreneur Joseph M. DeSimone said, "In developing this technology, we hope to set the foundation for even more rapid global development of vaccines, at lower doses, in a pain- and anxiety-free manner."

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