How Close is an AIDS Vaccine?

The following is a transcript of a program that aired on KUOW, Puget Sound public radio, on June 20, 2006. Dr. Larry Corey and Dr. Julie McElrath are interviewed by Marcy Sillman.

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Marcy Sillman You’re listening to Weekday on 94.9 FM KUOW Seattle, KUOW 1340 AM Tumwater, Olympia, streaming online at This is Tuesday, June 20th, 2006. I’m Marcy Sillman in for Steve Share. More than 40 million people around the world are living with AIDS or HIV. Although the rate of infection has slowed down somewhat in some African and Caribbean nations, 5 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2004, 3 million people died of AIDSrelated illnesses that same year.

Scientists around the world have been working together to develop a vaccine that would help prevent HIV infection. When will we see it in use? Joining us today to talk about the very challenging task of developing an AIDS vaccine are Dr. Larry Corey. He is Principal Investigator of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, head of the University of Washington’s Virology Division and the Infectious Disease Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Thank you for coming in today.
Dr. Larry Corey Happy to be here, Marcy.
Marcy Sillman Also with us is Dr. Julie McElrath. She is Principal Investigator for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network’s Seattle site. She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and a member of the Clinical Research Division at the Hutch. Thank you for coming in as well.
Dr. Julie McElrath Thank you, Marcy.

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