Health - HEALTH NEWS - KEY HIV VACCINE TRIAL IN SOUTH AFRICA ENDS BECAUSE OF POOR RESULTS
04/02/2020 @ 10:27 AM
The latest trial of a vaccine against HIV has been halted because interim results show it is not working, the National Institutes of Health in the United States has announced.
The end of the trial taking place in South Africa is a blow to the vaccine field and to Aids experts and advocates. As early as the mid-1980s, the US government was forecasting that Aids would be stopped by a vaccine. In 1997, the then-president Bill Clinton pledged money to an effort to find a vaccine within 10 years. But as the decades have passed, no effective vaccine has been discovered.
The failure of the HVTN 702 study will be especially disheartening because it was set up in South Africa to trial the only vaccine that has ever shown any degree of success – the RV144 clinical trial in Thailand led by the US Military HIV Research Program and the Thai ministry of health. That trial showed only a modest protective effect, but in the absence of anything else, it was enough to put a substantial effort into testing that further. Read more HERE.
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