a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)

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Week: 600.2 

Guest: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dir. Nat’l Inst. Allergy & Infectious Diseases, NIH 

Topic: Congress gets AIDS vaccine update 

Reporter: Aaron Cohen 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Congress gets an AIDS update...coming up... 

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NEMA: With the AIDS virus still raging world wide, Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Congress there’s hope for a vaccine. Aaron Cohen has Health on the Hill... 

COHEN: A vaccine to prevent the HIV virus has become an increasing focus of government AIDS researchers. Leading AIDS fighter Anthony Fauci testified before the Senate labor and human resources committee, and told lawmakers that the search for a vaccine is promising... 

FAUCI: I can tell you when we won’t have it...we are not going to have a vaccine in the next year or two. And even at best, if the candidates that are furthest along in testing ultimately prove to be effective, it will be at least several years, into the 21st century...it won’t be for at least a few years. 

COHEN: Dr. Fauci says his AIDS researchers are testing a number of vaccine candidates...he was coy as to their specific nature, but did say one had passed some initial tests. Dr. Fauci added that more money is being concentrated on further research to find an AIDS vaccine. For Health on the Hill, I’m Aaron Cohen.