Researchers in South Africa begin trial of HIV vaccine

Researchers in South Africa have begun a clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the AIDS virus.

The Daily Mail quotes the director of the US National institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), an organisation taking part in the study. Anthony Fauci said:

“If deployed alongside our current armoury of proven HIV prevention tools, a safe and effective vaccine could be the final nail in the coffin for HIV,”

“Even a moderately effective vaccine would significantly decrease the burden of HIV disease over time in countries and populations with high rates of HIV infection, such as South Africa.”