HIV vaccine trials begin in Oxford
- By: Akil Fazal
The first phase of a new vaccine trial was launched in Oxford last week in a bid to boost international efforts to find a vaccine against HIV. The trials are sponsored by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and conducted under the auspices of the Medical Research Council's human immunology unit.
Eighteen volunteers, including Dr Evan Harris, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, are taking part in the trials, which are being conducted at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.
Dr Seth Berkley, president of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, said: “This is the first of four vaccine candidates for Africa that our organisation is moving forward. Vaccine development has traditionally relied on the altruism of volunteers. They are the true heroes of this endeavour.”
Although there are more than 70 HIV vaccines being tested around the world, this is the first vaccine to be specifically designed to combat the clade A