In this article, leading vaccine researchers and advocates join forces to call for a global strategy for developing an effective HIV vaccine. The goal, they say, would be to unite teams of researchers in a series of coordinated global HIV vaccine centres, each with the critical mass, focus and scientific expertise for a more rapid and systematic approach to vaccine development.

The authors point to the recent success of the Human Genome Project in achieving the full sequencing of the human genome within a shorter than predicted timeframe. They say this provides an encouraging model, which highlights the need for a common vision among funders and major stakeholders, including those from developing countries.