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IHVN Calls for Government Funding for HIV Vaccine Research


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As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the annual HIV Vaccine Advocacy Day, the Executive Director of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) International Research Center of Excellence, Prof. Alash’le Abimiku has stressed the need for government to fund researches that will lead to an effective HIV vaccine.

Prof. Abimiku, who said this in Abuja at a press briefing to commemorate the day, said that countries involved in conducting vaccine trials at high level have their government’s funding support. “We have got a plan and it’s a very good plan. We’ve got good leadership from NACA and NIMER but we need the government to continue to fund research that would lead us to an effective vaccine.”

imagesShe stated that the development of a vaccine takes times as exemplified in the discovery of polio vaccine, which took 47 years. “There are a number of researches going on to understand how infection is in the different populations of the country,” she said.

The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Sani Aliyu at the briefing said that the country has achieved success in increasing coverage of HIV treatment and care and existing prevention options. “In Nigeria alone, we have just reached the first million persons on treatment. If coverage of prevention and treatment expands, HIV incidence and deaths from AIDS will continue to decrease.”

He stated that the world has made significant progress in HIV vaccine research in the past 30 years. “Nigeria is not left behind in the global strategic effort. As a county, we recognize the importance and need for a HIV vaccine. There are on-going discussions on how to engage and collaborate with global actors in the field. We also have a national HIV vaccine plan to provide a framework and facilitate the process of research,” he said.

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