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July 20, 2009

South Africa tests new Aids vaccine

"South Africa is launching clinical trials of the first Aids vaccines created by a developing country, a feat by scientists who forged ahead even when some of their political leaders shocked the world with unscientific pronouncements about the disease. ...

"A trial of 12 volunteers in the US began earlier this year.

"Mbewu said the vaccine was designed at the University of Cape Town with help from the US National Institutes of Health, which also manufactured the vaccine.

"Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and a leading Aids researcher, was in South Africa for the launch."

Read more in Daily News (South Africa), July 20, 2009.