Development of Thin Polymer Strips for COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery
This project will develop thin polymer strips that dissolve rapidly in the mouth and can deliver a therapeutic payload. Specifically, the proposed strips will be loaded with vaccine particles that can be delivered directly to the bloodstream via the sub-lingual mucous membranes. It has been previously shown that sub-lingual vaccination is effective for a number of infections. We believe that, even after a vaccine for the current pandemic is found, administration of the vaccine using traditional methods will take a very long time. The proposed polymer strips will allow people to become vaccinated in a rapid and convenient manner, without the need for medical staff.