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World AIDS Vaccine Day

The annual World AIDS Vaccine Day took place on May 18th, eight years after US President Bill Clinton delivered an historic speech calling for new commitment worldwide toward the development of an AIDS vaccine. Clinton said, "Only a truly effective, preventive HIV vaccine can limit and eventually eliminate the threat of AIDS."

This year was commemorated by several international community events where people gathered to show their support for AIDS vaccine research. Many AIDS organizations also used the day to emphasize the urgent need for an effective vaccine. A statement issued by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) details some of the challenges and promises of vaccine research. The AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) also released their updated handbook on AIDS vaccines on the eve of World AIDS Vaccine Day.

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All articles written by Kristen Jill Kresge