Gates Foundation, Canadian Government Announce Joint Initiative to Develop HIV/AIDS Vaccine
February 21, 2007
Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday announced a joint $139 million initiative to establish a research institute for the development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine, Toronto's Globe and Mail reports. According to the Globe and Mail, the Canadian government will provide about $111 million over five years and the Gates Foundation will provide $28 million to the initiative, called the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (Galloway, Globe and Mail, 2/21). The initiative aims to develop a preventive HIV/AIDS vaccine within 10 years and will build a research facility to support Canadian scientists and other researchers worldwide (Duff-Brown, AP/South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2/21). According to the Globe and Mail, the funding will be used to develop vaccine candidates and bolster the ability to run clinical trials (Globe and Mail, 2/21). The research facility will be the first in the world with the production capacity to manufacture experimental vaccines for clinical trials, the AP/Sun-Sentinel reports. The Canadian government will accept proposals from provinces interested in hosting the facility, according to a spokesperson for Canadian Health Minister Tony Clement. According to Gates, the initiative will run under the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (AP/South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2/21).
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