New Technique Makes Vaccines Safe in Warmer Temperatures, Study Finds

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According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports researchers have now figured out a way to prevent warmed-up vaccines from degrading.

Vaccines can be difficult to transport, as they require constant refrigeration and can spoil when not stored at the proper temperature. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) most vaccines are usually safe to use as long as they’re stored between 2 and 8 degrees celsius. Once the vaccines hit other temperatures, their proteins begin to unravel, making them ineffective. As a result of this, millions of kids globally don’t have access to safe and effective vaccines.

Scientists have now, however, found a way to prevent the degradation of vaccines due to warmer temperature: encasing the protein molecules in a silica shell. This allows the structure of the vaccine to remain intact even when heated to 100 degrees celsius,…

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