A Vaccine against AIDS in the next two years – that was the vision of American Health Secretary Margret Heckler around 40 years ago, when researchers had just discovered the HIV virus. If that had happened, it could have potentially saved millions of people’s lives. But Heckler was wrong – to this day there is no such vaccine.

Meanwhile are more than 40 million people died of AIDS worldwide because the HIV virus increasingly damaged their immune systems – making them more susceptible to infections and certain types of cancer. And people are still getting infected every year more than a million people new. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there was a shortage in Germany alone in 2021 1,800 people (PDF).