Google Doodle For The 100th Birthday Of American Virologist Jonas Salk — Inventor Of The First (Inactivated) Polio Vaccine.
by Anura Guruge
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1/ As I have talked about many times on this blog, here for example, the polio vaccine was tested, very successfully, on us — i.e., the kids of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the late 1950s and 1960s. We did not know that we were test subjects. We were glad to get it. Because we were the guinea pigs, polio was reduced (if not totally eradicated) in Ceylon way ahead of the U.S.
2/ Given our role in being the test subject for this vaccine it is SAD that Google is not displaying this Doodle in Sri Lanka — as you can see in the map below. I guess they couldn’t Google that information that Ceylon was the test bed for the vaccine. Shame.
3/ This is very topical given what is happening ….
4/ Just for the record this polio vaccine was NOT the world’s first vaccine. It was the 1st effective polio vaccine. The first documented vaccine is that for smallpox, in 1800, by British Edward Jenner.