NIH Press Release
National Institutes of Health

Friday, May 23, 1997
NIH Office of Communications
(301) 496-5787

New Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health

As announced by President Clinton on May 18, 1997*, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has begun development of a Vaccine Research Center (VRC) to focus on AIDS vaccines, as a part of the NIH intramural research program**. In his announcement, President Clinton also challenged the NIH and the scientific community to develop an AIDS vaccine within 10 years.

In accepting this challenge, NIH Director Dr. Harold Varmus, said, "the President has set a difficult goal for the research community, but NIH is ready to bring its scientific expertise and resources into play. Creating a vaccine that will block the AIDS virus is a formidable scientific task. There is no guarantee that we can produce a vaccine within 10 years, but recent advances in immunology and virology have increased optimism that it can be done. NIH's new Vaccine Research Center (VRC) will be a vital part of the effort."



* Commencement Address, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, May 18, 1997.
** The NIH intramural program is the in-house NIH research effort, staffed with government scientists, primarily located on the 300 acre NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.