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Asian efforts in AIDS vaccine development step up

21-Sep-2010 - Regional efforts towards an AIDS vaccine must be strengthened and harmonized, says a new article in this week's PLoS Medicine Magazine. Yiming Shao from the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention in Beijing, China and colleagues from a range of Asian and international agencies announce the formation of AVAN-the AIDS Vaccine for Asia Network-that aims to strengthen its regional efforts in finding an AIDS vaccine.

The authors say that AVAN has been set up to help facilitate the development of a regional AIDS vaccine strategy that will: accelerate research and development of an AIDS vaccine through government advocacy, improved coordination and harmonization of research; develop clinical trial and manufacturing capacity; support ethical and regulatory frameworks; and ensure community participation.

More than 5 million people have already been infected with HIV across Asia, and another 500 million are considered at risk, say the authors.

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Funding:No specific funding was received for this article.

Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Citation: Kent SJ, Cooper DA, Chhi Vun M, Shao Y, Zhang L, et al. (2010) AIDS Vaccine for Asia Network (AVAN): Expanding the Regional Role in Developing HIV Vaccines. PLoS Med 7(9): e1000331. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000331

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PRESS-ONLY PREVIEW OF THE ARTICLE: www.plos.org/press/plme-07-09-shao.pdf

 

CONTACT:

Yiming Shao
China CDC
NCAIDS
155 Changbai Road
Changping District
Beijing, Beijing 102206
China
010 58900981
010 58900980 (fax)
yshao08@gmail.com

Source: EurekAlert!
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-09/plos-aei091610.php

Contact: Katie Hickling
press@plos.org
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