South Africa

Search for HIV vaccine resumes with test in South Africa

The latest attempt in the long, frustrating search for a vaccine against HIV began in South Africa on Wednesday, as scientists test a beefed-up version of the only shot ever to show a glimmer of protection.

The stakes are high. It's the first study of its kind begun in seven years, and even moderate success could prove important not only in hard-hit South Africa, where more than 1,000 people a day are infected with HIV, but beyond.

"If an HIV vaccine were found to work in South Africa, it could dramatically alter the course of the pandemic," Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council, said Wednesday at one of the test clinics in Soshanguve...

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