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Johnson & Johnson’s HIV Vaccine Fails To Show Promising Results In Mid-Stage Africa Study

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

As per reports, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) experimental vaccine failed to provide sufficient protection against HIV in sub-Saharan Africa to young women who accounted for a large number of infections last year. Results from the mid-stage study are the latest setback to efforts to develop a vaccine to prevent HIV or human immunodeficiency virus, causing AIDS.

“Although this is certainly not the study outcome for which we had hoped, we must apply the knowledge learned from the trial and continue our efforts to find a vaccine that will be protective against HIV,” stated Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

There are effective treatments that can put the virus in remission, however, experts believe an HIV vaccine is critical to eradicating the virus. The mid-stage J&J study testing included 2,600 women participants across five Southern African countries, where over 60% of women and girls accounted for all new HIV infections last year. Researchers found that 63 participants who received a placebo and 51 who were administered the J&J vaccine got HIV infection, resulting in a vaccine efficacy of 25.2%. Johnson & Johnson informed that the vaccine had no serious side effects and was safe, but the study will not continue based on the efficacy data. The vaccine trial was supported by the NIAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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(Read Original Story: UPDATE 1-Johnson & Johnson's HIV vaccine fails mid-stage Africa study in Reuters)


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