The early abandonment of HIV vaccine study HVTN 702 (also known as Uhambo) in South Africa for failing to prevent infections is a huge setback in the quest to find an HIV vaccine. However, this will not deter scientists, said the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Linda-Gail Bekker.
The pair have joined the Centre as Contributing Investigators.
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health threat with ~1.5 million deaths annually. Global elimination of TB is hampered by the lack of an effective vaccine. BCG is currently the only licenced TB vaccine but its efficacy is limited especially in adults.
Clinical Research Platform Academic Sean Wasserman was awarded the Stephen Lawn TB-HIV Research Leadership Prize at the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India.