MONTREUX—The world's leading industrial powers have given their support to a US proposal for an international alliance to accelerate HIV vaccine research, US President George Bush announced yesterday (June 10) at the conclusion of the G8 meeting in Sea Island, Georgia.

The idea is to create "a virtual consortium" based on a joint strategic plan, Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a briefing yesterday. "When other nations… decide they want to align their own resources or put new resources into vaccine development, there will be a strategic plan framework with which they can synergize," he said.

Scientists gathered here in Switzerland at a vaccine development conference warmly welcomed the support for the new "Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise," a concept developed by Richard Klausner and colleagues at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

José Esparza from the Gates Foundation said: "The...

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