Landmark HIV vaccine trial launched in SA

History is being made in South Africa as a trial using the only vaccine in the world proven to offer some protection against HIV gets underway.

Nkosiyazi Mncube, 23, was one of the first people to be vaccinated in Verulam outside Durban on Wednesday, while 20-year-old Awethu Benenengu from Browns Farm in Cape Town expects to be injected on Thursday morning.

Mncube, sporting a T-shirt with a big white tiger, looked nervous and winced slightly as he was injected but said afterwards that he was “excited” to be part of history.

The HIV vaccine trial – known as HVTN702 – aims to have 5 400 people enrolled at 15 trial sites countrywide. Read more