Google Doodle Shows gratitude to Michiaki Takahashi, inventor of the chickenpox vaccine


On the 94th birthday of Japanese virologist Dr. Michiaki Takahashi, Google has created a one-of-a-kind interactive doodle to honor his outstanding work in the field of vaccines. Dr. Takahashi, who was conceived on this date in 1928, is best recognized for creating the first chickenpox vaccinations. Crucially, the Google doodle on February 17, 2022, depicts his quest to find the vaccine humorously.


Google Created Innovative Homepage to show respect to Dr. Michiaki Takahashi:

When one searches Google, one will find the letters G O O G L E created in various images that tell a story. Beginning with the letter G, it depicts a Japanese virologist studying the illness under a lens to find a cure, while the initial O represents a toddler with chickenpox. Whereas, the second O and G letter indicate that the doctor is seen administering the vaccine to a youngster. Eventually, in the letter E, it can be observed that the vaccine has reduced the frequency of chickenpox.

About the Founder of the Chickenpox Vaccine:

Dr. Michiaki Takahashi

Michiaki Takahashi was born on 17th Feb 1928 in Osaka, Japan, and graduated from Osaka Academy with a doctorate before joining Osaka University’s Research Institute for Microbial Illness in 1959. After studying measles and polioviruses, Dr. Takahashi was awarded a doctoral fellowship at Baylor College in the USA in 1963. When his child contracted a severe case of chickenpox around this time, he was compelled to concentrate his efforts on combating the very contagious disease.

Indeed, the Michiaki Takahashi returned to Japan in 1965 and started work on developing a weaker form of chickenpox infection. The fundamental idea was to send this weakened viral into the system so that the immune response might spontaneously create the appropriate antibodies.

If a genuine chickenpox infection is ever discovered, the immune system will be prepared to fight it. In fact, Takahashi was able to create an early form of the vaccination that was suitable for clinical trials within several years.

Dr. Michiaki Takahashi Discovery:

In 1974, Dr. Takahashi developed the first immunization versus the varicella infection, which promotes chickenpox. It was subsequently subjected to rigorous research with impaired persons and proved to be quite effective. Moreover, the sole World Health Organization-approved varicella vaccine was developed in Japan in 1986 by the Research Foundation for Microbial Diseases at Osaka University, Japan. Dr. Takahashi’s life-saving vaccine was eventually accepted in over 80 countries.

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