Monday, July 20, 2009

Trial AIDS vaccines tested in Cape Town today

By Kim Saulse
20 July 2009

Clinical trials on two AIDS vaccines developed in South Africa are set to start in the Cape Town today.

The programme is a joint venture between the United States Institute of Health and the South African Medical Research Council.

The aim of the vaccine is to test it on HIV negative people to see if their immune system can fight off the virus if they do become infected.

Medical research Council President, Anthony Mbewu says the trial will begin this month on 36 healthy volunteers.

The vaccine was designed at the University of Cape Town with assistance from experts at the Unites States National Institute for Health.

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