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HVTN Responds – Denouncement of Anti-Asian Violence and Hate

A statement by HVTN Leadership

March 18, 2021

We at the HIV Vaccine Trials Network are outraged by the killings in Atlanta this past Tuesday that targeted women of Asian descent and we mourn in solidarity with the families of the 8 people who were murdered. We stand with the Asian and Pacific Islander communities to denounce all forms of xenophobia, violence, misogyny, and harassment. We also want to explicitly honor the names of the victims: Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Hyeon Jung Grant, Yong Ae Yue, and Suncha Kim.

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Reflections On Communicating Hope From The Ground Up in commemoration of World AIDS Day

December 1, 2020

Earlier this year I lost a dear friend and confidant to Covid-19. Gita Ramjee was a globally renowned HIV prevention researcher who drew inspiration from the communities she worked with in South Africa, the world’s epicenter of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Gita advocated for the need to develop more proven HIV prevention strategies to help women protect themselves from HIV. 

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A Tale of Two Interdependent Pandemics

September 30, 2020

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been over 20 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and over 700,000 associated deaths throughout the world. These numbers are so staggering that most of society remains shut down until a safe and effective vaccine is brought to market. 

Having already claimed a significant number of lives worldwide, Covid-19 is one of the most acute global health crises many people – especially Americans – have ever faced. Because fully reopening society and repairing the economy is contingent on developing a vaccine (while taking the necessary precautions to prevent transmission of Covid-19), many Americans are just now coming to grips with what that process entails. 

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HVTN Responds – No Justice, No Progress

June 3, 2020

George Floyd, Gabriella Nevarez, Michelle Cusseaux, Alexia Christian, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Charlena Lyles, Stephon Clark, Terence Crutcher, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Che Taylor, Eric Garner, Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens, Laquan McDonald……the list of Black/African American people murdered continues to grow. This is unacceptable.

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Yunda Huang, Ph.D., flanked by her two children
Yunda Huang, Ph.D., flanked by her two children Yunda Huang

HVTN remains steadfast in the pursuit of a safe and globally effective preventive HIV vaccine

May 20, 2020

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Countries and communities mobilized resources to implement public health response strategies to curb the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the infectious virus that causes COVID-19. Though it is not readily apparent how long COVID-19 will continue to impact people's way of life, the virus has affected the HIV prevention research enterprise.

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