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Eisenhower on the Salk Polio Vaccine

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Eisenhower on the Salk Polio Vaccine

(3 min) tv-pg

Two years after American medical researcher Jonas Salk reported that he had successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, polio vaccinations were still not widely available in the United States. To assuage the public's concerns, President Eisenhower holds a press conference on May 4, 1955, and explains the need for further testing.