May 15, 2019
[UPDATE: Slides and recordings from both webinars are now available. Links are provided below.]
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) 2019, on May 18, comes with promising headlines about advances in potential vaccines for HIV and other diseases that imperil public health. But, 2019 has also seen outbreaks of a highly infectious, vaccine-preventable disease, the result of misinformation and fear being spread by anti-vaccine campaigners.
This HVAD, AVAC has an updated toolkit of resources for translating HIV vaccine research with a renewed sense of urgency, and two dedicated hashtags to rally the call on social media: #HIVvaccineAware and #HVAD2019. We hope you’ll join the conversation — with the updated HVAD 2019 toolkit and our upcoming webinars (below and online)!
Explore all of our updated HVAD resources:
- HIV Vaccines—Key Messages lays out advocacy priorities and important updates from the field for the year ahead.
- HIV Vaccines, An Introductory Factsheet provides basic information on concepts and trials in vaccine research.
- Vaccines 101 slide deck reviews basic concepts and the status of research and development.
- HIV Vaccine R&D in 2019 slide deck provides this year’s updates on the state of the science and clinical trials.
- A suite of infographics, including updates on the Vaccine Efficacy Trials Pipeline; HIV-Specific Neutralizing Antibodies: Targets and research status; HIV Vaccine Trial Participation in 2019 and others that provide a visual overview of the HIV vaccine research landscape.
We also hope you will join two upcoming webinars:
- On May 16, Mary Marovich, the Director of the Vaccine Research Program at the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and long-time HIV vaccine research advocate and community leader, Mark Hubbard, discussed the current landscape of vaccine research. Recording: YouTube / Audio / Introductory Slides / Mary Marovich’s Slides
- On Thursday May 23, 9am ET, Heidi Larson, Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project will discuss the implications of vaccine hesitancy and other issues along with Laura Lopez Gonzalez, deputy editor of South Africa’s Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre.Recording: YouTube / Audio / Slides
Resources like these are essential for public understanding and support for vaccine research. Vaccines are not simple products. They require sustained investment to develop, they can be challenging to manufacture, and just as challenging to explain to potential users.
This HVAD, join us in thanking the ongoing dedication and ingenuity – of scientists, trial participants and community advocates – to find a vaccine against HIV, and let us renew our commitment to advance public understanding and support for vaccine research, development and delivery.