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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.


Merck Sharp, and Dohme Film Footage on Division of Biologics Standards Mumps Vaccine Testing, 1967

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Drs. Harry M. Meyer, Jr. (1928–2001) and Paul Parkman (b. 1932), as well as several DBS lab technicians, appear in this silent film, produced by the pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp and Dohme. The film documents DBS staff testing the mumps vaccine in a laboratory setting.