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IAVI statement on new UNAIDS figures

November 23, 1999

NEW YORK, 23 November 1999—Dr. Seth Berkley, MD, President of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, issued the following statement in response to today’s report from UNAIDS and the World Health Organization that 5.6 million people will become infected with HIV in 1999:

"These sobering statistics underscore the need to redouble HIV prevention efforts, especially efforts to develop a globally accessible AIDS vaccine. Far too many people are falling through the cracks, particularly in developing countries where 95% of new infections occur. A vaccine is the world’s best hope for ending the pandemic."

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative is an international, non-profit, scientific organization founded in 1996 whose mission is to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. IAVI's work focuses on three areas: accelerating scientific progress, mobilizing political support through advocacy and education, and encouraging industrial involvement in AIDS vaccine development.