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3 Incredible Innovations from the World of STEM in 2021

 January 12, 2022

By  BC Editorial Team

It may not have necessarily been the greatest or more profitable year for a number of global industries and sectors but for STEM, it was another year paved with incredible innovations that are set to transform the ways in which we live and work. If you are interested in familiarising yourself with the latest and greatest innovations from the world of STEM in 2021 as we wave goodbye to another year, continue reading to find out everything you need to know.

A vaccine for COVID-19 

In 2020, the world was forced to shut down as a result of a globally spreading pandemic that has become known as COVID-19. It was in 2021, however, when a vaccine became approved for emergency use and, as a result, was able to be administered to the wider public. It came as the race was on for a number of pharmaceutical companies to develop a vaccine that was not only safe for use but also effective at lessening the effects of the virus and, perhaps most importantly, decreasing death rates in patients with underlying health conditions or with weakened immune systems.

It has since been administered to over eight billion people across the globe with over one billion people also now considered fully vaccinated against the virus.

An unassisted surgical retractor 

In 2021, the surgical world was changed forevermore with the launch of an unassisted surgical retractor. It may not necessarily be a modern phenomenon but the Galaxy ii surgical retractor from junemedical.com is a brand-new take on a key surgical tool and has already had a momentous impact on both surgeons, medical assistants, and patients.

It relies on a tried-and-tested method having been inspired by previous models with screw mechanisms, but has been re-designed with a new and improved approach with safety, security, and ease of use at the forefront of this exciting development.

A shot for Ebola 

It has been a number of years since the Ebola epidemic surged through West Africa in the mid-2010s but 2021 was when the region was given a chance at finally eradicating the virus due to the FDA approving a number of monoclonal antibody treatments that have proven successful so far. It works by administering lab-produced molecules that mimic the immune system’s natural response to the virus to tackle any invaders and, therefore, kill the illness before it has a chance to spread. It may not be a certifiable cure as of yet, but it is a promising development.

In the past year, a number of incredible innovations paved the way within the world of STEM as the world continued to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It included a vaccine for COVID-19 that has been administered across the globe, an unassisted surgical retractor with a safer design to allow for greater accuracy and precision, and a shot for Ebola as the virus continues to pose a problem for millions of people in the West African region.

BC Editorial Team


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