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By 2020, HIV vaccine research will reach a defining moment

“By the end of this decade I believe we will have reached a defining moment in the history of HIV vaccination research.”

Professor Jonathan Weber, of Imperial College London, in an interview with ITV News. Professor Weber predicts that the next six years will prove the most illuminating over whether current research could eventually lead to an HIV vaccine. “We will be able to say with confidence if a generation of work has delivered an effective HIV vaccine candidate,” Weber said. “If not we will know that our current technology is not enough. We will require an as-yet unmade scientific breakthrough.”

“We have seen success, albeit with rates of protection which are too low,” he continued. “Perhaps the HIV vaccine research community can learn from our highly successful Olympic athletes. Marginal gains can really add up to success. A series of minor improvements in the vaccines we currently have will optimise their potency.”

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We will be able to say with confidence if a generation of work has delivered an effective HIV vaccine candidate.
“If not we will know that our current technology is not enough. We will require an as-yet unmade scientific breakthrough.

 


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Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at rmarr@metroweekly.com.

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