(August 18, 2020 / JNS) Pittsburgh—Each year in the 1940s and ’50s, more than 15,000 Americans were paralyzed by polio and thousands died. The disease reached its peak in the United States in 1952, leaving 3,145 Americans dead and some 21,269 paralyzed. As with the country and world at this time struggling to deal with another deadly virus—SARS-CoV-2, more commonly referred to as COVID-19—methods to combat the contagion included quarantines, prevention efforts and the race for a vaccine.
It also made him a legend in the American and world Jewish communities.
Jewish Americans and others among Salk’s early vaccine volunteer subjects, one of his former lab workers and his son, Peter Salk, a doctor and part-time professor of infectious diseases at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke with JNS about their recollections of the man and scientist. They also shared their memories of the polio years, thoughts on similarities and differences between the polio and COVID-19 eras, and considered what lessons might be applied from that time to the current predicament in the United States and the world.
ALL THE MONIES THAT THESE TWO COULD HAVE MADE WERE TRASHED AND THEY GAVE THEIR VACCINES TO THE WORLD NOT MAKING A CENT……JEWS LOVE THEM!