A short film showing how Polio vaccine is manufactured.
Sefton Park, Stoke Poges, Merseyside.
GV. Glaxo Research Laboratories, previously home of the musical comedy actress Vesta Tilley and now place where polio vaccines are manufactured. SV. Women workers sitting on the lawn in front of the house having tea. SV. Chairman of the Company (left) Sir Harry Jephcott and the Minister of Health Mr Dennis Vosper. CU. Mr Dennis Vosper. GV. Research Laboratories, pan to GV. of the Polio vaccine labs. The name of the vaccine is Polivirin. SV. Interior, preparation of medium 199 and dispensation into flasks - this is the liquid solution in which the culture is to be prepared. CU. The medium 199 is poured into flask for test purposes. CU. Girl with masked face. CU. Flask being filled. This is the first out of three ingredients of the Polio vaccine.
GV. Top and side view - men and women scientists cutting up monkeys' kidneys on which culture is grown. Scientist with mask over his face. SCU. Hands holding scissors and tweezers cutting and separating monkey's kidney on saucer. SV. Back view, Beryl Watts cutting monkey's kidney. CU. Beryl Watts with mask over her face. SV. Mr Miller mincing up monkey's kidney in tubes. CU. Mincing monkey's kidney in tube. Minced monkeys' kidneys are the second ingredient of the Polio vaccine.
GV. Interior, the stage three - in the incubator room, showing moving racks filled with bottles in operation. SV. Girl lifting 20 litre bottles and placing them on moving racks. Girl puts a bottle into moving rack in incubator. CU. Bottles on racks moving up and down. LV. Bottles moving up and down on racks.
Third ingredient of the vaccine is dead Polio virus. SV. Christine Boothroyd injecting tubes with virus dilution and placing sealed tubes into round rack. SV. Placing sealed tubes into rack, Christine gets up and carries rack containing tubes towards the incubation room giving further inoculation to virus. SV. Christine walking into the incubation room carrying the large circular rack containing tubes. She places same with others on hook for revolving, for a seven hour check. CU. Large round rack containing tubes slowly revolving.
GV. Scientists at work in the blending room, the three cultures which are grown separately and mixed to form the vaccine. CU. Vaccine being blended. SV. Scientists who are working on vaccine in large glass containers, etc. CU. Sealing down a 100 litre steel canister containing the blended vaccine. CU. Hand pressing electric switch. CU. Steel canister containing vaccine slowly revolving. LV. Scientists at work in the blending room.