Canada Ceases Funding to International AIDS Vaccine Project

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

As per the latest budget, the Federal Government is revealed to have stopped funding the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) through Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) grants.

Between 2001 and 2008, the Canadian International Development Agency reportedly funded nearly $80 million to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, one of the biggest supporters of HIV vaccine trials in the world. Canada was one of IAVI's major funders.

"IAVI was informed in July 2009 that CIDA funding priorities are under review, and that no further commitments could be made at that time", an IAVI spokeswoman told the Winnipeg Free Press.

The Government's cancellation of plans is revealed to emerge with a view to develop a vaccine production facility as part of the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (CHVI) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Stephen Lewis, co-Director of AIDS Free World in the U. S. and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, reveal that now, the global AIDS research community is aware of the fact that Canada can't be counted on to help.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Public Health chief Dr. David Butler-Jones have insisted that they are in an examination process, pondering over all possible options required to effectively spend CHVI money.

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