The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has received a
"New approaches are critically needed," said
Vaccines are among the greatest successes in the history of public health, having led to the eradication of smallpox, near eradication of polio, prevention of 2-3 million deaths per year, and dramatic reductions in human suffering and healthcare costs. Yet there are many deadly, debilitating, and costly diseases for which vaccines still do not exist. These diseases pose major challenges to previously effective vaccine-development strategies with sophisticated mechanisms to evade the immune system. In addition, there are limitations to how well animal models can predict human immune responses to vaccines, and it often takes multiple decades for a vaccine to go from discovery to use.
As outlined by Koff and eight fellow scientists in Science in
"To spur innovation and accelerate breakthroughs, we must transform the current landscape of vaccine development," said
"There are many viral, bacterial, parasitic, and chronic diseases for which vaccines are needed," said
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a global not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. Founded in 1996, IAVI works with partners in 25 countries to research, design, and develop AIDS vaccine candidates. The organization also conducts policy analysis and serves as an advocate for the AIDS vaccine field. It supports a comprehensive approach to addressing HIV and AIDS that balances the expansion and strengthening of existing HIV prevention and treatment programs with targeted investments in the design and development of new tools to prevent HIV. IAVI is dedicated to ensuring that a future AIDS vaccine will be available and accessible to all who need it. The organization relies on the generous donations of governments, private individuals, corporations, and foundations to carry out its mission. For more information, visit www.iavi.org. Follow us on Twitter @AIDSVaccine and like us at facebook.com/AIDSVaccine.
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