The past year has seen a suite of vaccine candidates in the news. Most notably, a possible "breakthrough" in the elusive quest for an HIV/AIDS vaccine was publicly presented at the AIDS Vaccine 2013 meeting in Barcelona. Oregon Health and Science University's Dr. Louis J. Picker presented data that demonstrated vaccinated monkeys could clear simian immunodeficiency virus -- the monkey equivalent of HIV -- from their bodies. The vaccine used cytomegalovirus as a platform.
Human trials could start in about two years. Vaccine trials are also moving forward in Thailand and South Africa that build on the modest success of RV144 in 2009.
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