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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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“The Division of Biologics Standards,” National Institutes of Health, Division of Biologics Standards, Bethesda, Maryland, 1967

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In the opening to this 1967 booklet describing the division and its work, DBS director Dr. Roderick Murray (1910–1980) explains its purpose as “to apply our present knowledge,” “find better ways of producing and testing” products, and “develop new immunizing agents.”