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Russia Stops Work On AIDS Vaccine Due To Financial Cuts

A medical official says Russia has stopped works on development of a vaccine to prevent AIDS due to financial cutbacks.

The head of Russia's Federal Medical and Biological Agency, Vladimir Uiba, told reporters in Moscow on January 21 that a vaccine had passed several tests but due to lack of financing by the Health Ministry all other necessary tests were stopped.

Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova (eds: a woman) said in May 2014 that Russia would develop an experimental sample of a new AIDS vaccine by the end of 2014.

According to the Federal Center for AIDS Prevention, some 650 thousand people in Russia are AIDS patients.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax