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The NIH Division of Biologics Standards (DBS) licensed the rubella vaccine for use in June 1969. Explore this selection of items from the NLM Digital Collections to discover how scientists working at the DBS set policy, conducted research, and enforced standards to ensure the safety of vaccines.

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“Suggested procedure for potency testing of poliomyelitis vaccine: 18 November 1957,” Division of Biologics Standards, Geneva, Switzerland, June 2, 1958

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The World Health Organization (WHO) disseminated DBS standards for the manufacturing of polio vaccine in 1957. The procedures and policies developed at the DBS shaped production techniques around the world.