International Aids Vaccine Initiative ( Iavi )

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International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
According to International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) (2016) in 1983, scientists and researchers discovered that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) directly causes the immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Unfortunately, over 40 million of people worldwide have died due to AIDS and other complications relating to AIDS (IAVI, 2016). HIV and AIDS have spread over the world in drastic speed and caused one of the most destructive pandemics ever recorded throughout history. Despite the advancements and availability, yet very expensive antiretroviral treatments available, fifteen million of people are currently living with HIV (IAVI, 2016). Fortunately, the total yearly count of AIDS-related deaths and number of new HIV infections has declined in the last decade (IAVI, 2016). However, much more technological, medicinal and research advancements need to be developed in order to address this destructive virus.
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a comprehensive worldwide not-for-profit organization with a goal of certifying the progress and creation of a safe, successful, accessible, preventative HIV vaccines for available worldwide use (IAVI, 2016).
History of IAVI
By the 1990s, the epidemic of HIV and AIDS was sweeping across Africa and other underdeveloped countries. By this period, the virus has taken hundreds of thousands of lives of adults and also small children. By the year of 1994, approximately for a decade…
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