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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

This HIV Vaccine Awareness Day—observed each year on May 18—takes place in a new era of vaccine science. AVAC’s theme for HVAD 2021 is “HIV Vaccine Research: Building on Lessons from COVID”. We are focused on how the COVID experience can speed the development AND delivery of vaccines for HIV, TB, malaria and other diseases. Below you'll find dedicated resources to help make sense of this unique moment in vaccine history, and to build a global vaccine advocacy agenda for the future.

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AVAC's 2021 HVAD Toolkit

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Virtual Events

  • May 13 webinar: HIV Vaccines in the Midst of COVID, facilitated by AVAC’s Mitchell Warren and Daisy Ouya, this session featuring HIV vaccine researchers and advocates Barney Graham (NIH Vaccine Research Center), Definate Nhamo (PZAT), Linda-Gail Bekker (Desmond Tutu Health Foundation), Matthew Rose (Health GAP) and Pontiano Kaleebu (MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit), discussing new vaccine technologies, delivery challenges, community engagement, and confidence in both vaccines and vaccine research.
  • May 17/18 webinars: IAVI Virtual Forums for Civil Society Organizations in Eastern and Southern Africa - HIV vaccines and broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) for HIV prevention. These forums, conducted in collaboration with KANCO in Kenya and SANAC in South Africa, contextualize new approaches to HIV vaccine development; highlight the significance of African science leadership in ensuring affordable, accessible, and contextually appropriate product development; and share lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to research partnerships and funding. Recording of the Eastern Africa webinar is available here, and the Southern Africa webinar will be shared when available.
  • May 18, HVAD edition of VUKA show: This episode of VUKA show explored the remarkable advances in HIV vaccine research and the promising concepts being studied. Developed by WACI Health and Africa Free of New HIV Infections (AfNHi) - a regional advocacy network - this episode features AfNHi member Ntando Yola of APHA and the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation in conversation with Dr. Nyaradzo Mgodi, (MBChB, MMed), clinical pathologist from the University of Zimbabwe, about HIV vaccine research, community engagement and the need for a HIV vaccine.
  • May 19, 9am-11am EST, Let’s Talk Vaccines launch: Internews will launch its e-learning course for journalists with an event featuring course authors and special guest Professor Salim Abdool Karim, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health epidemiologist and director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), moderated by Ida Jooste of Internews. Register here.
  • May 20, 3:30-5:00 PM EST, What’s the difference? HIV and COVID-19 Vax: United We Rise, and the HVTN will talk about the differences between HIV and COVID-19 vaccines with special guest Dominique Jackson from POSE for FX. Join the Facebook live webinar at, or

Basic Resources


HVAD Opinion Pieces

Additional Resources

IAVI's HVAD Resources
Explore IAVI’s #HVAD2021 toolkit for the perspectives of scientists and community liaison teams, videos on the science and development of vaccines, and tiles and tweets supporting their HVAD campaign at #EyesOnTheTarget and more.