Possible AIDS vaccine

This week, a huge breakthrough in the fight against AIDS took place that presents the potential of creating a vaccine for the incurable HIV virus (click here to read it). Researchers found a patient that had antibodies which effectively neutralized the virus. Unlike most other viruses, HIV cells constantly mutate which makes it almost impossible for the human body to produce antibodies to kill it. However, this find may change everything with regards to creating a vaccine for AIDS.

Since it is one of the most deadly diseases in the world, especially in developing countries, the prospects of an AIDS vaccine can greatly impact the quality of life for the world’s population. It is obviously a¬†game changer for the company that will own the patent rights to the vaccine as it may end up being used by every country on the planet. This method of developing vaccines may help to form vaccines for other diseases as well, which further makes the business potential of it incredibly large.

It has not yet been said how long researchers believe it will take before this vaccine will be in place and able to be distributed throughout the world, but many times when there are breakthroughs on this level, it takes many years before it comes to market. Often times, the timeframe after a discovery or breakthrough like this, is 15-20 years before anyone sees the benefits. Hopefully this isn’t the case here, but I would not be at all surprised if it is.

Whenever this vaccine is fully developed, it will truly change the world for the better and improve life expectancies in many countries in a noticeable way. For now though, all we can do is wait and hope that it works as planned and happens quickly.