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This dissolvable film could be a great distribution system for a COVID-19 vaccine

Not your grandmother’s vaccine.

The film took 450 tries to perfect, over the course of a year. Image: Maria Croyle

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Not your grandmother’s vaccine.
A visualisation of the new vaccine technology Image: Maria Croyle, CC BY-ND
Vaccines like those for measles, polio, influenza, hepatitis B and Ebola, as well as many of the therapeutic antibodies used to treat infections and cancer, can be carefully sandwiched between protective layers.
A variety of vaccines can be sandwiched between these protective layers Image: Stephen C. Schafer, CC BY-ND
The film can stabilize the vaccine in a space-saving format, making it easier to ship and distribute around the globe.
The film allows for far easier shipment and distribution of life saving vaccines. Image: Stephen Schafer and Maria Croyle, CC BY-NC-SA
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