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SA a step closer to HIV vaccine

The Health Minister says he’s pleased SA is a step closer to creating an HIV vaccine.

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says finding an HIV vaccine is an urgent matter.

The minister says he is pleased South African researchers have moved a step closer to creating one.

The Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) says scientists studying a broadly neutralising antibody have made a small, but important, contribution to potentially creating an HIV vaccine.

Motsoaledi says this is a positive development.

"We need to support our scientists in their endeavours to find a vaccine to stop people from being infected and finding a cure for those already infected. This task remains very urgent, even though today we have drugs available."