OPINION

Small-pox vaccine by ‘Jet-Guns’

Small-pox vaccine is to be administered in India on a massive scale by modern jet-gun injectors, instead of through the traditional prick of the needle method for the first time. Ten million doses of vaccine to meet the small-pox emergency in parts of India, being flown from America, are arriving in New Delhi on Sunday morning [April 30]. One American doctor and two vaccine injector technicians are also arriving along with the vaccine consignment. The automatic injectors, powered by air pressure generated by a foot pedal, are said to be painless. They employ no needle either to prick or scratch the skin. They are economical because no vaccine is wasted. They are especially adapted to epidemic situations where as many people as possible have to be handled rapidly.

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