DOI: 10.1101/509828Jan 4, 2019Paper

The future of a partially effective HIV vaccine: assessing limitations at the population level

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
Christian SelingerAnna Bershteyn


Objectives: Mathematical models have unanimously predicted that a first-generation HIV vaccine would be useful and cost-effective to roll out, but that its overall impact would be insufficient to reverse the epidemic. Here, we explore what factors contribute most to limiting the impact of such a vaccine. Methods: Ranging from a theoretical ideal to a more realistic regimen, mirroring the one used in the currently ongoing trial in South Africa (HVTN 702), we model a nested hierarchy of vaccine attributes such as speed of roll-out, efficacy, and retention of booster doses. Results: The predominant reasons leading to a substantial loss of vaccine impact on the HIV epidemic are the time required to scale up mass vaccination, limited durability and waning of efficacy. Conclusions: A partially effective HIV vaccine will be a critical milestone for the development of a highly effective, durable, and scalable next-generation vaccine. Accelerated development, expedited vaccine availability, and improved immunogenicity are the main attributes of a vaccine that could dramatically reverse the course of the epidemic in highly endemic countries.

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