“Barouch told MD Magazine the push for an HIV vaccine has been gaining momentum.
“We developed a consortium to advance this vaccine over the past several years,” he said. “We are very pleased that multiple funders, stakeholders, and collaborators have been very enthusiastic to work together to move this vaccine forward.”
The study is named “Imbokodo” — the Zulu word for “rock” — and is a reference to an African proverb that refers to the strength of women.
The vaccine regimen is based on mosaic immunogens, which are designed to create a buffer against various strains of HIV. The diversity of HIV strains has been 1 major hurdle in creating a vaccine for the disease. The regimen has already proven effective at stopping the transmission of an HIV-like virus in monkeys.”