updated 6/10/2004 11:52:39 AM ET 2004-06-10T15:52:39

The Bush administration won backing from major allies for a proposal to accelerate development of an HIV vaccine, and President Bush on Thursday proposed spending $15 million to launch it.

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The $15 million would gather people together at a yet-to-be undetermined medical center in the United States to advance vaccine research, said Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health.

Group of Eight countries meeting at an economic summit this week in Sea Island adopted Bush’s plan for a “Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise” — a blueprint for speeding up development of a vaccine. The plan, Fauci said, would:

—Set up HIV vaccine development centers around the world to coordinate efforts.

—Work to increase the capacity for manufacturing vaccine.

—Standardize laboratories’ measurement systems around the world so that advances in one lab are usable in others.

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