March 07, 2012

Cuba Test New HIV / AIDS vaccine (Teravac-HIV-1) on humans

Cuba has unveiled a new HIV vaccine which reports say have successfully been tested on mice, and the country is ready to begin human testing soon.

The Teravac-HIV-1 vaccine designed to fight HIV is the result of cutting edge genetic engineering techniques, and has been presented to more than 600 scientists from 38 countries attending the 24th International Biotech Congress, Juventud Rebelde Daily said.

Cuba Test New HIV / AIDS vaccine (Teravac-HIV-1) on humans

Vaccine development and testing

The vaccine will initially be tested on a very small and controlled group of AIDS patients in the primary stages of the disease, the newspaper quoted Enrique Iglesias, head of the biotech research team that designed the vaccine.

The vaccine was developed from a recombinant protein with virus-like particles which stimulate an immune response, he noted. Iglesias said the testing of the vaccine on the patients represented a ``clinical trial, so expectations should not go beyond that.’’

The trials are to measure the safety of the vaccine, he said. He added that ``developing a possible vaccine requires many years of laboratory research’’ before discovering something that can be tested on humans.

About 15,400 registered AIDS patients live in Cuba currently, making it one of the countries with the lowest rate of infection worldwide. Cuban health officials said the government invests more than 200 million dollars a year on prevention programmes and medical care for AIDS patients.

Cuba markets more than 100 high-tech medical products in about 40 countries with revenues of about 200 million dollars a year. International experts rate Cuba's biotech industry as the most advanced among developing nations.

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  1. Health News: New AIDS vaccine (Teravac-HIV-1) being tested. Mar 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM. Available online

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