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Foldable syringe for safe inoculation

While there is an absolute shortage of vaccines in developing countries and problems with the management system of delivered vaccines are also reported, the Medical Center for Translational Research, Osaka University, has announced the invention of a new-design syringe that renders vaccination safe and simple.
The new syringe consists of a tabular-shaped plastic vaccine container, measuring about 23 mm in diameter, to which a needle is attached. Parts of the syringe are joined by a paper base. It can be used when the folded paper base is taken out of a paper box and opened. Because it is easy to handle, it can be used by non-medical workers. When the syringe is put back in the box after injection, it is hard to take it out again, thus preventing unintended reuse of the needle. Since the syringe is pre-filled with vaccines, infection by its reuse can be prevented. The university plans to spread its use in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), governments and private businesses.
The syringe has been developed jointly by Prof. Kazuo Kawasaki, who is also acting as an industrial designer, and Yoshiki Sawa, head of the center, as part of Peace-Keeping Design (PKD), a project to systemize inoculation and delivery of disaster-relief medicine in developing countries from the design aspect.

For inquiries, please contact Secretariat of Peace-Keeping Design Project, Osaka University (Tel: 06-6879-4237;URL:http://www.design.frc.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/).