“A very important Result”

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2009 at 8:10 am

“I don’t want to use a word like ‘breakthrough,’ but I don’t think there’s any doubt that this is a very important result.” These are the words of Dr. Anthony Fauci, supporter of the AIDS vaccine and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The AIDS vaccine, a combination of two vaccinations, showed signs of success in a trial conducted in Thailand–where 16,000 people participated in the program.

Over a three year period, partners–United States Army, Thailand’s Ministry of Health, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases–administered the RV 144 trial. The Army’s medical doctor, Colonel Dr. Jerome Kim in a New York Times interview said that half of the trial’s participants were given six doses of two genetically engineered vaccination and half were given placebos. The participants were tested regularly for HIV and AIDS over the three year period, and of those who received the placebos, 74 contracted the disease, while 51 of the participants who received the vaccine contracted the disease.

Though the vaccine was only 31.2 percent effective in the trial, Dr. Fauci noted that it is unlikely that the vaccine would be licensed at less than 70 or 80 percent success rate. But Fauci pointed out “if you have a product that’s even a little bit protective, you want to look at the blood samples and figure out what particular response was effective and direct research from there.” The RV 144 vaccine, although not a “breakthrough” in a traditional sense, has shown significant progress and given hope to many in combating the disease.


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