Russia plans HIV vaccine centre8th February 2007
Russian health officials are asking the government to allocate US$40-50 million for a regional HIV vaccine development centre between 2007 and 2009.
The country's chief medical officer, Gennady Onishchenko, said his department was currently drafting a resolution to propose funding the centre over the next three-year fiscal period.
The proposal won the support of the G8 group of nations in St Petersburg last July, which focused on infectious diseases.
The centre would serve Eastern European and Central Asian countries.
Onishchenko said there were currently 'two candidate vaccines' for development, but this would not happen without funding.
An estimated 364,000 Russians are currently living with HIV, including more than 2,290 children. The government announced measures to boost spending on HIV-related measures last year to increase access to antiretroviral therapy.
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Title: Russia plans HIV vaccine centre
Author: Luisetta Mudie
Article Id: 1958
Date Added: 8th Feb 2007