The vice president of the Center for Technological, Biomedical and Environmental Research in Lima, said that a vaccine that prevents the HIV virus could be available by 2023.
This announcement was made in the framework of the 10th World Scientific Conference on HIV in Mexico City. “The idea is that with this new tool the spread of this epidemic can be stopped by at least 65%”, Prensa Libre wrote.
"The vaccine has inserts of several parts that resemble parts of the virus, therefore the possibility of being effective for different strains or types of HIV is high," infectologist and epidemiologist Jorge Sánchez told the press.
According to Prensa Libre, it took scientists 12 years to develop the vaccine, which has already been tested on apes and will soon be ready for human testing.
The project is called Mosaic and will be led by researchers from the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, the National Institutes of Health, the HIV Vaccine Test Network and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command.
This research, which will begin in September, will be done in 3,800 people from Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Spain and the United States.