The HIV/AIDS pandemic continues to spread and an AIDS vaccine is urgently needed. While facing unprecedented challenges, AIDS vaccine development activities are continuing around the globe ,. Recent results of the Thai Phase III vaccine trial are renewing such efforts . In accordance with the goals of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (the Enterprise) , there is now clear recognition of the role that regional alliances can play in fostering and facilitating AIDS vaccine development , and there is broad agreement that international collaborations are the most effective way forward to develop and evaluate the next generation of AIDS vaccine candidates .
In response to these challenges, the Asian region has recently formed the AIDS Vaccine for Asia Network (AVAN), with a clear vision and mission
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