The Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (the Enterprise), hosted by the International AIDS Society (IAS), shares the deep disappointment that the Phase 2b/3 HIV vaccine study HVTN 702 has been stopped by the trial sponsor, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The decision to halt the trial, conducted by the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), follows the recommendation of the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB). Although the regimen did not prevent HIV infections, the DSMB did not express any concerns about safety.
The Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (the Enterprise) meeting in Ghent, Belgium, provided an opportunity to engage as a region on critical issues, including political and research commitments in Europe, with the aim of ensuring that HIV vaccine R&D remains a key priority in a challenging and changing global health landscape.
In this viewpoint published in The Lancet, key stakeholders look into the challenges of developing an HIV vaccine from development to marketing.