Human Trial Begins on AIDS Vaccines

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — South Africa is launching clinical trials of the first AIDS vaccines created by a developing country, a feat by scientists who forged ahead even when some of their political leaders shocked the world with unscientific pronouncements about the disease.

Trials to test the safety in humans of the vaccines begin this month on 36 healthy volunteers, Anthony Mbewu, president of South Africa’s government-supported Medical Research Council, said in an interview Sunday. Mbewu’s respected organization shepherded the project.

A trial of 12 volunteers in the United States began earlier this year. [AP]

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