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HIV and flu -- the vaccine strategy - Seth Berkley


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Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics.

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The 2009 H1N1 flu (swine flu) pandemic is over, but the virus is still out there, making the rounds as a "regular" strain of seasonal influenza A.In this article from March 4, 2013, Russian doctors hail the U.S. baby's HIV infection cure and say that Russia has also moved up in the HIV/AIDS vaccine development.An HIV vaccine that protects vaccinated individuals from HIV infection is the goal of many HIV research programs. Currently, there is no effective vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.Vaclav Smil is a Canadian economist and a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy.International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a scientific organization working to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, and preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world.An antibody, also known as an immunoglobulin, is a large Y-shaped protein produced by B-cells that is used by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign objects such as bacteria and viruses.The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards and articulating evidence-based policy options.

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