Armand Frappier: pioneer of preventive medicine

BCG vaccine production

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© Robert Alain, SME, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

The Université de Montréal named Dr. Frappier assistant professor in bacteriology and director of the BCG laboratory. This laboratory would eventually become the most important one of its kind in the Americas and Canada was the second country, after France, to produce the BCG vaccine.

The BCG vaccine against tuberculosis contained no preservatives. The technique used allowed it to be prepared quickly and specific conditions ensured its preservation. Neither the vaccine nor the strain was ever contaminated in more than 50 years.