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Recent progress in the fight against Aids shows that throwing money at problems can work

Just over a year ago, I had a long talk with an immunologist in the US about the prospects of more effective ways of dealing with HIV infection. She had just come back from a meeting to talk about the likelihood of an effective vaccine being developed. She said that on the evening of the second day, she had gone back to her room and wept, so bleak was the outlook.

Now the mood is changing. For the first time in a dozen years, there is talk of the possibility of a cure for Aids. But there is great caution…

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