Title: Towards a World Without AIDS: The Canadian HIV Vaccines Plan

Client: Canadian Public Health Agency

Date of Completion: December 2006

This document is the result of a collaborative process involving researchers, government and the community. In June 2003, Health Canada convened a round table meeting on HIV vaccines to lay the foundation of a Canadian plan for the development and equitable distribution of HIV vaccines. The round table, which included representatives of Health Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Advisory Committee on AIDS (F/P/T AIDS), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the Canadian Network for Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics (CANVAC), and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS – Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN), reached consensus on the components of a Canadian HIV vaccine plan. In December 2003, a second round-table meeting was held to develop an outline for the plan and discuss next steps, and to establish a Canadian Vaccines Plan Steering Committee. In 2004-05, the Steering Committee hired San Patten to develop this document, or road map, for broader consultation. The goal was to engage a larger group of stakeholders and use the road map to develop a comprehensive Canadian HIV vaccines plan. The consultation was conducted in the summer of 2005 with a range of Canadian experts in HIV vaccine development. The resulting national policy document is the Canadian HIV Vaccines Plan, authored by San Patten in 2006.

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