IAVI to propose new scientific and policy initiatives to advance the search for an AIDS vaccine

In partnership with the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, IAVI will highlight AIDS vaccine research progress and needs at the XVI International AIDS Conference

With 40 million infections worldwide and 14,000 new infections occurring each day, the AIDS pandemic continues to grow, despite advances in prevention and treatment. A preventive vaccine is the best long-term solution to the pandemic. But much still remains to be done to discover and make a vaccine accessible globally.

To advance the search for an AIDS vaccine, the Blueprint recommends a coordinated paradigm shift that would improve the AIDS vaccine pipeline, accelerate product testing and strengthen the contribution of developing countries. The Blueprint proposes financing models and a range of policy initiatives needed to speed the development of an AIDS vaccine.

Speaking will be: Seth Berkley, CEO and President, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

Stephen Lewis, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

Pontiano Kaleebu, Assistant Director, Uganda Virus Research Institute

Room 3, Media Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 11:00a.m.-11:45a.m.EDT

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For more information go to: http://www.iavi.org/viewpage.cfm?aid=1459


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