On March 26th, 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk announced that he had successfully tested the first effective polio vaccine. On April 12th, 1955 the vaccine was proven both effective and safe. A nationwide inoculation campaign swiftly followed. The April 12th announcement coincided with the tenth anniversary of the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and Anna Roosevelt, granddaughter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, talk about the discovery of the polio vaccine.