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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
AIDS Researchers Deplore Lack of Funding in Germany

October 22, 2003
Agence France Presse (10.21.03) - Wednesday, October 22, 2003

On Tuesday, German researchers criticized the lack of funding Germany dedicates to efforts to find an AIDS vaccine and called on the government to rethink its priorities. "According to our calculations, the budget for research into an AIDS vaccine is about seven million euros [US$8.25 million]," said Bernhard Fleckenstein, head of research at Erlangen-Nuremberg University. "That is around 300 times less than in the United States," he said. The director of the Robert Koch Institute, a research facility specializing in contagious diseases, complained the German government had not set clear goals in fighting "the biggest medical catastrophe of modern times." The researchers are among 25 scientists holding a two-day conference at the institute in Berlin on developments in Germany's fight against HIV/AIDS.