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Gates dangles $100-m ‘€˜carrot’€™ for scientists

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has dangled a U$100-million carrot in front of scientists, especially those in Africa and Asia, who may have ‘€œcreative, unorthodox ideas’€ that could lead to breakthroughs against some of the greatest health challenges facing poor countries.

Major AIDS vaccine update

September 13, 2007
HIV and AIDS   HIV Prevention   Vaccines  

Over 600 participants have been enrolled into the HVTN 503 vaccine trial, said to be the ‘€œlargest AIDS vaccine trial’€ to be ever conducted on the continent.

Improved pneumonia vaccine, but not for poor

July 17, 2007

The high cost of the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)-which fights the bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis in young children – makes it inaccessible to the poor.

Cost of vaccine spells pneumonia for kids Living with AIDS # 301

The World Health Organisation has called on governments to include a childhood vaccine, known as Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, which acts against pneumonia and meningitis in their national immunisation programmes. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children globally, and more so, in countries with a high burden of HIV.

Search for vaccine continues Living with AIDS # 295

As the cure for HIV and AIDS remains elusive, scientists are pinning their hopes on preventative measures, including a protective vaccine. Wits University’€™s Soweto-based Perinatal HIV Research Unit has just started work on the largest vaccine study ever undertaken in the country.

Major HIV vaccine trial underway

February 23, 2007
HIV and AIDS   HIV Prevention   Vaccines  

A major HIV vaccine trial is underway in five sites across South Africa. As the country and medical research community alike are coming to terms with the abrupt end of a microbicide candidate vaccine trial, Dr Busi Nkala, Director of the vaccine study at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit in Soweto, says the safety of […]

IAVI chief denies media reports on AIDS vaccines

February 19, 2007
HIV and AIDS   HIV Prevention   HIV Treatment   Vaccines  

Senior Vice-President of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Dr Wayne Koff, has denied media reports that his organization is using citizens of developing countries as ‘guinea pigs’ to test ineffective vaccines that have failed elsewhere.