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David Baltimore
Stop AIDS vaccine research

As the catalyst for the call to halt U.S. government funding of AIDS vaccine research, I was somewhat dismayed by The Times' recent editorial, "Revamping AIDS vaccine research,” which took issue with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's position without fully understanding it. Our position is this: In light of over 20 years of failed AIDS vaccine research on which billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer money have been spent, we believe it is simply unconscionable for the U.S. government to continue such wasteful funding while millions worldwide die for want of access to the AIDS research breakthrough that occurred more than 10 years ago -- life-saving antiretroviral...

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