Australian scientists announce new method to administer vaccines

Amidst the ongoing vaccination drive worldwide, there are various countries that have been looking forward to developing an easier and ‘pain-free’ alternative for the vaccine needles. In this regard, one such breakthroughs has been achieved by the University of Queensland.

According to the recent reports, Scientists from the University of Queensland (UQ) have developed a unique new way to deliver pain free vaccines using a “patch”.

The latest innovation published in Science Advances journal will apparently make use of “high-density microarray patch” (HD-MAP). The patch after application to the skin of the recipient inserts thousands of microscopic projections into the skin.

Dr. David Muller, lead researcher from UQ’s School of Molecular Biosciences and Chemistry quoted that an American made Covid-19 vaccine has portrayed “better and faster immune responses”. He added that the vaccine counterbalanced the variants that exist in Britain and South Africa.

Apparently, the new technology has the ability to be self-administered and vaccinate an individual in a single dose. Muller stated that the vaccine can last for a span of 30 days when stored at a temperature of 25 degrees if dry-coated on a patch.

According to credible sources, the new method for vaccine administration will reportedly bring a boon in the worldwide vaccination rollout. The main benefit will be to the developing countries where the availability of doctors is scarce and there are less facilities for vaccine cooling.

Muller also mentioned that the patch will potentially administer vaccinations for dengue, polio and influenza apart from corona vaccines. Post trials, the vaccine production will rise, and the cost will be equal to a needle or syringe, he quoted.

Speculations have it that the Australians have been said to have fear of needles, referred to as Trypanophobia, which has presented a real barrier in the process of COVID-19 vaccination in the country.  

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