February 4, 2020: A clinical trial for an HIV vaccine stopped after it was concluded that it did not prevent infection with the virus causing AIDS, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said on Monday. . UU.
The agency sponsored the trial, which was taking place in South Africa, CNN reported.
"An HIV vaccine is essential to end the global pandemic, and we expect this vaccine candidate to work. Unfortunately, it does not work," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID, in a statement.
"Research continues on other approaches to a safe and effective HIV vaccine, which I still believe can be achieved," he added.
The announcement that the HIV vaccine clinical trial was suspended is a "deep disappointment," said a press release from Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, a group formed to stimulate efforts to develop an HIV vaccine, CNN reported.
"While this is a significant setback for the field, we must continue the search for a preventive vaccine. HIV infection rates, which continue without decreasing in this region, should stimulate greater urgency, global attention and investment for the search." said Linda. – Gail Bekker, former immediate president of the International AIDS Society, said in a statement.