A vaccine-delivery system that uses 100 tiny, dissolvable needles embedded in a plaster–like patch has been developed by the researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The patch, which is coated with microneedles, is as as effective as conventional needle vaccination.

It allows doctors to painlessly administer vaccines without the need to specific training.

The patch dissolves into the skin and could eliminate the use of hypodermic needles and the subsequent concerns about effective disposal.

It is thought that they could prove invaluable during pandemics and in large-scale immunisation programmes, especially in developing nations.

The microneedle arrays are made from poly-vinyl pyrrolidone, which is considered safe for use in the body.

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Researchers from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology conducted the study on mice using 650 microns assembled into an array of 100 needles.

The research has been supported by the US National Institutes of Health.