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PLoS Med. 2010 Sep 21;7(9):e1000331. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000331.

AIDS vaccine for Asia Network (AVAN): expanding the regional role in developing HIV vaccines.

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  • 1University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.


The HIV/AIDS pandemic continues to spread and an AIDS vaccine is urgently needed. Regional alliances and international collaborations can foster the development and evaluation of the next generation of AIDS vaccine candidates. The importance of coordinating and harmonizing efforts across regional alliances has become abundantly clear. We recently formed the AIDS Vaccine for Asia Network (AVAN) to help facilitate the development of a regional AIDS vaccine strategy that accelerates research and development of an AIDS vaccine through government advocacy, improved coordination, and harmonization of research; develops clinical trial and manufacturing capacity; supports ethical and regulatory frameworks; and ensures community participation.

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