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Forefront of finding HIV/AIDS vaccine

June 12th, 2011
09:48 PM ET

Seth Berkley is at the forefront of finding a vaccine for HIV/AIDS.

Since early on his career, the New York born medical doctor has been dedicated to fighting suffering around the world.

A renowned globe-trotter he has trekked through remote parts of Tibet and Namibia, travelled by camel through rebel-controlled territory in western Sudan and documented the worst famine ever scientifically evaluated in history.

A leading epidemiologist, Berkley worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and in 1996, he founded the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).

Just three years after setting up the non-profit organization, Berkley was named on Time’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in The World.

He was also recently named at the new Chief Executive Officer of the GAVI Alliance, a global health partnership championed by Bill Gates.

At GAVI he will be overseeing an ambitious mission to save the lives of millions of children by increasing access to vaccines in poor countries.

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Daniel Andrew

    Great initiative, fighting towards a brighter future.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:14 am | Reply
  2. Xavier Nobrega

    There is a man in San Francisco (I think) who is said to have been cure of HIV/AIDS by receiving bone marrow transplant (for his cancer treatment) from a person who is immune to HIV/AIDS. Has this been looked into and is it being researched?

    Xavier Nóbrega, from Portugal

    June 13, 2011 at 2:48 am | Reply
  3. Leng Rithy

    I'm living in Cambodia and working as director in Battambong province to educate to peoples who not understand about AIDS/HIV almost 16 years ago . Please help us ...

    June 13, 2011 at 2:55 am | Reply
  4. ikenna

    Hello Dr sert berkley;am ikenna from port harcourt nigeria. I commend for the resilience in getting the vaccine for HIV/AIDS,is the vaccine already completed? If yes when are we expecting it in africa but if no;when is latest/earliest time frame expected. Does it work on an already infected people?

    June 13, 2011 at 3:37 am | Reply
  5. Adebayo Ayodele J

    God bless d untired disease fighter n human race lover. The LORD is ur Strenght in Jesus name, amen.

    June 13, 2011 at 4:51 am | Reply
  6. Femi Adefemiwa

    It will interest you to know that in Nigeria,children in their millions die annually from curable dieseases due to poverty.what is GAVI's intervention program to safe these hapless lot? Akure, Nigeria

    June 13, 2011 at 5:17 am | Reply
  7. Femi Adefemiwa

    How close is the medical world to finding a vaccine against aids pandermic? Akure, Nigeria

    June 13, 2011 at 5:21 am | Reply
  8. Eric Malambo

    Well does it mean this vaccine has already been found? If so when will it be distributed and how much will it be worth? Will it be governments to purchase or simply interested individuals?

    June 13, 2011 at 5:59 am | Reply
  9. chinedu iregbu

    Richly endowed, God,s gift to mankind.These are just few words to describe Berkey.s crusade to save mankind from HIV/AIDS devastation. i wish to know whether Berkely has found a cure or a vaccine for prevention of this human scourge that has punctuated economic growth and human developmext in africa. furthermore Dr. Berkley, the level of promiscuity in africa is not as high as you have them in america, europe and asia yet africa is worst hit even when the so called protected sex is evidently the fad here.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:09 am | Reply
  10. Ally G

    It would b very much okay if for the retrovatial is at measurable to against the event. There being sel to reduce rational effect is at high cost. I only thnk to assist the poor country in this unweiling matter.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:36 am | Reply
  11. Rose

    My question is...whn is d drug goin 2 b available in africa[nigeria] n can d drug cure AIDS also.......people r dyin in thousands in africa.God bless d doc in charge 4 dz great effort.

    June 13, 2011 at 7:38 am | Reply
  12. Vincent Tortsugh. Abuja, Nigeria.

    I commed your courage in the fight to save millions of childern around the globe. I want to join the fight to save our children.Keep the good fight the Lord is with you. We all love you!

    June 13, 2011 at 8:05 am | Reply
  13. Vincent Tortsugh. Abuja, Nigeria.

    How could i be a part of GAVI Alliance?

    June 13, 2011 at 8:09 am | Reply
  14. cris

    Tell us more about the "Berlin Patient." His case interest me more than any doctor..Thank you...

    June 13, 2011 at 10:58 am | Reply
  15. Borngreat

    I pray 4 wisdom and direction 4 u in ur finding.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  16. amina

    Weldone doc its bold step

    June 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  17. dsinla

    Dr. Nancy Padian 10-year study on HIV transmission bit.ly/lbJha6 (video) bit.ly/kA0FjO (Paper)

    View the Award winning documentar y "House of Numbers" to see why questions about this must be raised, and why deeper issues about HIV and AIDS need to be discussed. Lives are at risk. This is the first documentar y,with the worlds
    foremost authoritie s, that highlights the fundamenta l problems with HIV
    testing, science, and statistics . It sheds new light on a misunderst ood
    phenomenon for which there is still no cure. GO to bit dot ly/fhU xaJ – bit dot ly/gog KLZ to see the trailer

    June 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  18. Ahmad S. I

    What is the position of veccine? can it cure AIDs? How long can it be available in third world?

    June 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  19. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Seth Berkley and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Seth Berkley on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve U.S.A. EQUAL Higher Education Final Exam in order to Improve the Quality of U.S.A. AIDS/HIV Institutes to find the Cure for AID/HIV?

    – How will you Improve Access to vaccines in poor countries?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011 and beyond?

    I am awaiting Seth Berkley’s replies.
    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    June 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Reply

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