In Memory of Dr. Charles Boucher

The DTHF would like to express our regret and sadness at the news of the passing of Dr. Charles Boucher, an esteemed virologist, and pioneer in the early study of HIV drug resistance. Within the scientific community, Dr. Boucher was unparalleled in his commitment to moving HIV research and medicine forward and paved the way…

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DTHF WELCOMES EARLY DATA FROM ENSEMBLE TRIAL, SHOWING SAFETY & EFFICACY FOR SINGLE -SHOT JANSSEN COVID-19 VACCINE CANDIDATE

Johnson & Johnson today announced topline efficacy and safety data from the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE clinical trial, demonstrating its investigational single-dose COVID-19 vaccine met all primary and key secondary endpoints. The topline safety and efficacy data are based on 44,325 44 participants accruing 468 symptomatic cases of COVID-19. The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation is a…

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Efficacy Results announced: global first Antibody Mediated Prevention (AMP) trials

Most advanced clinical trials testing broadly neutralizing antibody against HIV demonstrate efficacy against sensitive strains.   The proof-of-concept AMP studies demonstrated that a broadly neutralizing antibody (bnAb) called VRC01 was effective at preventing the acquisition of HIV strains that were sensitive to the bnAb. This was assessed by a laboratory test that measures a virus’…

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DTHF Mourns the loss of Professor David Katzenstein

The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation was very sad to hear about the passing of our long-time friend and collaborator, Professor David Katzenstein, today of Covid-19 complications. David was a passionate and respected Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, specializing in the treatment and evaluation of HIV infection. Since the 80s when he and Dr. Wood…

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DTHF MOURNS THE LOSS OF COLLEAGUES THIS WEEK

The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation is mourning the loss of several respected and beloved colleagues this week, as we heard with sadness the news of the passing of Dr. Arthi Ramkissoon, Dr. Iqbal Master and HIV advocate and long-time ally of the DTHF, Andrew Mosane. Andrew was one of the Treatment Action Campaign’s early activists…

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“This virus is catchy – we need vaccines urgently”

In an opinion piece originally published in GroundUp, DTHF COO, Linda-Gail Bekker, describes what it has been like contracting Covid-19 despite taking precautions. I heard someone say recently: “this variant is really catchy”. My family can bear testimony to this. We have just had a markedly quiet Christmas and new year, all of us holed…

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DTHF Patron Archbishop Desmond Tutu Receives Human Rights Global Treasure Award

Another recognition of his lifelong dedication to advancing peace and equality, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been awarded the ‘Human Rights Global Treasure’ Award The award was announced during a virtual programme on International Human Rights Day, Thursday 10 December. The event included a conversation with four former UN High Commissioners for Human Rights – Mary…

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