Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Chimpanzees don't get AIDS. Why should a chimpanzee-tested vaccine work in humans? Roll the dice...

COMPANY TRIES AIDS VACCINE ON HUMANS AFTER CHIMPANZEE STUDIES

Against the Odds, Company Works on AIDS Vaccine
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dr. Donald Francis is feeling combative these days. His company, VaxGen, is about to find out whether what could prove to be the first-ever AIDS (news - web sites) vaccine actually works. Results from the trial, which started in June 1998, will be unveiled and analyzed early next year.

Hardly anyone thinks it will work....

"I'm confident from the chimpanzees that the vaccine will be efficacious. The question is, how efficacious," he said....