Uganda to join HIV vaccine Trial test.
Vaccine Test Trials
Uganda has partnered with the United States, Kenya and Tanzania to take part in a joint HIV/Aids vaccine trial.
The DNA vaccine trial, to be conducted by Makerere University Walter Reed Project, is in the first phase and will attract 42 participants from Uganda, 20 from Kenya and Tanzania and 12 from the United States. The trials will be hosted in the respective countries.
Speaking during a meeting on HIV vaccines in Kampala yesterday, the executive director of Makerere University Walter Reed Project, Dr Hannah Kibuuka, said a different vaccine trial was also expected to start soon, although she did not give details.
“Right now we have HIV vaccine research on the agenda because we still have so many people getting infected.
But if we get an HIV vaccine, it would be a great addition to the interventions that have been developed over the years to fight HIV,” Dr Kibuuka said.
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Uganda has been part of a number of AIDS virus vaccine trials although they have not been successful.
“When people are cured from a disease, scientists conduct studies on that person to learn how the curing process came about but we have not seen any person cured from HIV.”
She added that the virus also had so many subtypes because the country has subtype A and B, so developing a vaccine that can work on all these subtypes is a challenge.
Ms Monica Millard, the country programme director of Makerere University Walter Reed Project, said the failed trials would not hinder their pursuit for a vaccine.
“Getting an HIV vaccine is very important even though we have other interventions such as safe male circumcision,” she said.
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