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Son of Dr. Jonas Salk speaks about the COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 8:15 AM, Jan 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-03 11:15:00-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- ABC 10News spoke with San Diego's Dr. Peter Salk.

His father, Jonas Salk made history when he developed the polio vaccine in the 1950s.

Salk is a doctor and professor of infectious disease at the University of Pittsburgh. He says it will be a long road in getting enough vaccines out to people around the world. His father's polio vaccine was deemed safe after the largest trial in the nation but it still took the US twenty years to eradicate polio.

Dr. Salk says the coronavirus vaccine has been carefully vetted and he plans to get the vaccine himself as soon as he's able.

He says the virus travels by airplane and will therefore continue to be a problem until the virus can be contained all over the world.