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Health Agencies Update
June 27, 2017

Hunt for an HIV Vaccine Intensifies

JAMA. 2017;317(24):2475. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7352

A preventive vaccine against HIV infection would be so “transformative” that even if it was only 50% effective, it would reduce the number of people worldwide living with the virus by 36%, according to a statement from Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Carl W. Dieffenbach, PhD, director of NIAID’s Division of AIDS, that was issued on May 18, HIV Vaccination Awareness Day. The estimate is based on a new modeling study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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