G8 backs global plan for HIV vaccine

June 10, 2004 at 12:36 PM
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SAVANNAH, Ga., June 10 (UPI) -- The Group of Eight nations Thursday endorsed U.S. President Bush's plan for a global HIV vaccine enterprise.

"When G8 and other nations decide they want to align their own resources or put new resources into vaccine development, there will be a strategic plan framework with which they can synergize with the other nations," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes Of Health.

The plan is based on a proposal made last year to bring together scientists and governments who would collaborate on a vaccine for HIV.

It backs the development of HIV vaccine development centers, increased vaccine manufacturing capacity, standardization of laboratory and clinical parameters, integrated clinical trials system, agreement so a trial done in one part of the world can be approved in another and the inclusion of scientists from developing countries.

Bush has proposed spending $15 million in 2005 on a virtual center. Other members of the bloc -- Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia -- have not committed funds.

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