Vaccine research integral to ending AIDS pandemic
BOSTON, MA, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Government of Canada delegates joined
researchers, clinicians, private sector partners and public health
experts in Boston, September 9-12, 2012, to work towards advancing HIV
vaccine science at the AIDS Vaccine 2012 conference, the largest and
most diverse meeting of its kind.
"Developing a globally accessible HIV vaccine is a priority for our
government," said federal Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq. "These
conferences create opportunities to share knowledge and experience,
which are invaluable in our efforts to discover a vaccine that will
ultimately end the pandemic."
Canada's participation at the international AIDS Vaccine conference
comes less than two months after Canada helped champion efforts to
elevate the issue of AIDS in Aboriginal communities to the main session
of the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Government of Canada, through the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative
(CHVI), has been providing funding to the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
to organize the conference since 2009.
The CHVI is a multi-year partnership between the Government of Canada
and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aimed at accelerating the
development of an HIV vaccine. Since its inception in 2007, the CHVI
has worked to promote greater collaboration between researchers in
Canada and in low and middle income countries, particularly Africa, and
has made progress in enhancing global capacity for clinical trials. It
has also assisted in strengthening policy approaches that promote
access to HIV vaccines globally.
In addition to providing funding for the AIDS Vaccine 2012 conference,
the CHVI hosted a satellite session on the vaccine development process
from a researcher's perspective. Participants discussed integrating
basic, clinical and social sciences throughout the vaccine discovery
and development process and efforts to improve laboratory and
regulatory capacity building in low and middle income countries, among
Visit AIDS Vaccine 2012 for more information on the conference.
Visit Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative for more information on CHVI.
Également offert en français
SOURCE: PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
Public Health Agency of Canada