The urgent need for a vaccine to prevent new HIV infections can not be over emphasized in 21st century. An HIV vaccine is a more realistic prospect today than a decade ago.

The UNAIDS estimates that 1.8 million people became infected with HIV in 2017, 36.9 million people were living with HIV and 21.7 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy.

It is true that researchers have been working on an HIV Vaccine since the 80’s, but progress towards an effective vaccine has been much slower than anticipated.

Hence, there is need for the government of every nation, health NGOs, CSOs (both local and international), along with the World Health Organization (WHO), to partner and form a synergy that would accelerate the research and development of the first and highly effective HIV vaccine that would prevent new HIV infections.

Oghenekome Richard – 2020 LeNNiB Champion.