AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition receives $14 million from Gates Foundation The Helps Vaccine Advocacy Coalition announced today at the Helps Vaccine 2007 Meeting that it has received a five-year, $14 million grant from the Expenses & Melinda Gates Base to create a brand-new international HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Network. The Advocacy Network will work with civil society, policymakers, and research partners all over the world to advance ethical research and advancement of new HIV avoidance interventions, ensure that communities are educated about and involved with prevention research, and ensure that the benefits of study are shared globally. The new grant broadens AVAC’s advocacy concentrate beyond Helps vaccines, to add other new HIV prevention interventions such as microbicides and oral prevention drugs.Centers for Disease Control and Avoidance . Nevertheless,’we still have quite a distance to proceed, and if we don’t bend the curve down faster, over 5.5 million kids who are alive today will die prematurely from tobacco-related disease,’ said Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Wellness. Smoking is a significant – – and modifiable – – risk element for disease and loss of life, he said. ‘Smoking includes a major impact on people’s lives,’ McAfee stated. ‘If you are a smoker you’re at risk of dying 11 to 12 years earlier than if you are not really a smoker,’ he stated.