Dr. Stanley Plotkin: The Godfather of Vaccines

Photo Credit: Dr. Stanley

Ira Pastor Comments:

So as we sit here a few months into the global Covid-19 pandemic, one big question on everyone’s mind is when will we see the first mass produced vaccine against this current strain, especially as it looks like in the United States there will be some loosening of quarantine / “shelter in place” rules to re-start the economy.

Dr. Stanley Plotkin

Dr. Stanley Plotkin, is an American physician, scientist, and scholar, in many circles referred to as “the Godfather of Vaccines”, who in the 1960s, while working at Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, played a pivotal role in discovery of a vaccine against Rubella virus (also known as German measles or three-day measles), which is now used worldwide (as a key component of the MMR vaccine — a combination vaccine also that protects against measles and mumps) and has worked extensively on the development and application of a wide range of other vaccines including polio, rabies, varicella, rotavirus and cytomegalovirus.

Photo Credit: Dr. Stanley Plotkin

On this episode we will hear from Dr. Plotkin:

About his background; how he became interested in medicine, research, and how after joining Wistar (under the equally famous Dr. Hilary Koprowski), and working for a bit with Anthrax, how Rubella became a target of interest, His thoughts on Covid-19: how worried/concerned/optimistic he is about vaccine development. How with dozens of coronavirus vaccine candidates being developed, in various companies and organizations (including RNA vaccines, DNA vaccines, single protein vaccines, multiple protein vaccines, etc.) how a choice is made of which “to go with” once some are approved. About the requirement for a “perfect vaccine” with 100% coverage, versus less perfect vaccines that could get to market earlier. The topics of Plant BioTechnology, edible vaccines and the Anti-Vaccine movement.

Ira Pastor, ideaXme life sciences ambassador

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