HIV vaccine trial gets under way

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The latest UNAIDS report hails South Africa as one of the global leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The country's contributed more than 20% in achieving a worldwide treatment of goal of 15 million people since the year 2000.

JOHANNESBURG – A clinical HIV vaccine trial gets under way in South Africa this week.

More than 5,000 men and women have already volunteered to take part in this breakthrough trial.

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The first HIV-negative test subjects will receive their first vaccines in Soweto on Thursday. Participants will receive five vaccines over a year.

Scientists are hoping the vaccine will stop the transmission of the HIV strain most prevalent in southern Africa.

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation deputy director, Linda-Gail Bekker spoke to eNCA about the trial. 

Watch her interview in the gallery above.