Sustained research programmes will eventually lead scientists to develop a vaccine for the prevention and treatment of HIV, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said.
"I think we are a step closer to the day when we will have a viable vaccine. This announcement is welcomed with pride by the department of health as it tells us more about the HIV virus," he said.
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"The knowledge that has been generated and the discoveries made are, at the very least, of huge significance and could make an enormous difference in the search for an effective vaccine," he said.
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