NATION : FDA Allows AIDS Vaccine Test

From Times Wire Services

The Food and Drug Administration approved today nationwide testing of a post-exposure AIDS vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, who pioneered the polio vaccine.

Salk's vaccine will first be given to about 60 people who are infected with the AIDS-causing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but who have not developed any symptoms of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, FDA officials said.

The new vaccine, manufactured by Immune Products Ltd. of San Diego, has already been tested in chimpanzees and about 100 AIDS-infected people in California, which has its own AIDS drug-testing program.

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