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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-7

Human immunodeficiency virus infection/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome Vaccine: Biggest challenge in medical sciences - Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope

1 Deputy Assistant, Director Health, Ranchi Division, Jharkhand, India
2 AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 AFMC, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
4 AFMC, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Advisor (PSM), Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Ravishekar N. Hiremath
Ranchi, Jharkhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-6691.134202

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One of the biggest challenges in the history of mankind has been the development of a vaccine against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This is even more so complicated by the fact that the genetic makeup of the virus undergoes tremendous variations. The advent of a very effective and safe vaccine is a far dream as of now when the vaccine development processes are traditional and in the research process. The need for the hour is the development of an effective vaccine against HIV. The challenges to it are manifold. Starting from the level where the basic pathogenesis of HIV infection poses a great riddle to the development of the effective vaccine, to the arena of a variety of socioeconomic challenges, political pressures and ethical considerations. The research into vaccine development has to be highly coordinated in the midst of all these considerations. This issue is an urgent mission, which demands that governments, policymakers and civil society have to work in unison with the scientists to tackle this huge challenge.

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