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Latest update : 2008-05-19

Co-discoverers of the virus, Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier, urged governments to do more to find a vaccine against AIDS at a conference in Paris. According to French Health Minister Bachelot, the disease has killed about 25 million people.


A quarter of a century after the discovery of the AIDS virus, huge progress still needs to be made in the fight against the illness. Co-discoverers of the virus, Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier, at a conference in Paris urged governments to do more to find a vaccine against AIDS.


Montagnier said: "I regret that things are not moving faster and that researchers often don't innovate enough. They're quite conservative. I believe now, that to get a vaccine, we must explore new avenues."


While Gallo said: "There's been great mistakes made. I think that the leadership, the administratitive leadership, of the world could have put more efforts into a vaccine earlier. Made a crash programme. Brought people together and say: What are the problems, one two three four five, get the scientists together to work on them, define what those problems are, instead of just supporting massive clinical trials for poor candidate vaccines that have no chance of working and every serious scientist knew they weren't going to work."


He added: "It's right, it's appropriate, that there was great attention to the tsunami horror. Approximately 200,000 people die from the tsunami in one month. But think of AIDS. There's a tsunami every month."

Date created : 2008-05-19