December 01, 2001
As 1 December marks World AIDS Day, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and its global partners are renewing their push to collect signatures on the Global Call for Action for AIDS Vaccines, at www.iavi.org/callforaction.
The petition, posted in nine languages, urges world leaders to take action now to accelerate the development of vaccines to prevent AIDS and also guarantee that these vaccines, once they are available, will be rapidly distributed to all who need them: "Amid global tragedy, a preventive vaccine for AIDS offers the best hope of ending the pandemic. The world has eradicated smallpox and has almost eliminated polio with vaccines. Human trials of promising AIDS vaccine candidates are underway."
According to the latest AIDS statistics from the United Nations, every hour of every day, 600 people are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A preventive vaccine would break this cycle of new infections and AIDS cases.
IAVI's partner organizations:
National AIDS Trust, UK
AIDS Fonds, Netherlands
Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung, Germany
Canadian AIDS Society
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
In addition, Yahoo!, MSN, RealNetworks and Viacom have donated advertising and other features on their Internet sites that during December connect to the Global Call for Action. Users of Yahoo!'s instant messenger program can download a World AIDS Day IMvironment that highlights vaccines and links to www.iavi.org/callforaction.