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Trial prompts new hope of an HIV vaccine

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Trial prompts new hope of an HIV vaccine


US and Thai scientists say they have made a breakthrough in the search for an HIV/Aids vaccine.

Some 16,000 volunteers took part in a trial that used a combination of two earlier experimental vaccines.

Even though the infection rate between those immunised and those who were not was modest, researchers claim the risk of contracting the virus was cut by a third.

US Ambassador to Thailand Eric G. John hailed the study: “In the international scientific and medical communities around the globe, this trial will be recognized as a testament to Thailand’s ability to successfully execute a complicated vaccine trial, the largest ever attempted, that ended with a credible conclusion, and that brought us one step closer to an HIV vaccine”

Some 33 million people worldwide are currently infected with HIV/Aids with the disease claiming the lives of some 25 million since it was identified in the 1980s The trial’s researchers are still unsure why the vaccine combination is working but are convinced it has important implications in the fight against the deadly virus.

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