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Bid to find first effective HIV vaccine launched by British researchers


A CLINICAL trial for an HIV vaccine has been launched by British researchers.

The test aims to evaluate its safety, tolerability and ability to prime the immune system.

A clinical trial for an HIV vaccine has been launched by British researchers

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A clinical trial for an HIV vaccine has been launched by British researchersCredit: Getty – Contributor
Lead researcher Prof Tomáš Hanke says 'an ­effective HIV vaccine has been elusive for 40 years'

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Lead researcher Prof Tomáš Hanke says ‘an ­effective HIV vaccine has been elusive for 40 years’

Thirteen healthy HIV-negative adults, aged 18 to 65, will receive one dose of the jab and then a booster after four weeks.

University of Oxford experts are testing HIVconsvX — a mosaic vaccine which combines a range of HIV variants that makes it potentially applicable to all global strains.

Unlike most HIV jab candidates, it induces T cells rather than B cells.

Lead researcher Tomáš Hanke is a professor of vaccine immunology at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford.

He said: “An effective HIV vaccine has been elusive for 40 years.

“This trial is the first in a series of evaluations of this novel vaccine strategy in HIV-negative individuals for prevention and in people living with HIV for cure.”

The researchers hope to report on the results of the trial by next April.

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