Tuesday 20 February 2018

Clinton pledges support to ridding world of AIDS

David Usborne in Washington

Hillary Clinton told the International Aids conference yesterday that the US remains determined to eradicate the disease, even as the search for a vaccine and a cure continues.

But warnings were sounded that progress so far could be reversed by a fall-off in funding.

"The US is committed and will remain committed to creating an AIDS-free generation," Ms Clinton said.

Ms Clinton explained that, while there was still no vaccine to prevent HIV infection or cure Aids, the development of anti-retroviral drugs meant that the world could now aim to stop HIV becoming Aids in patients everywhere.

However, Michel Sidibe, the chief of UNAids, reminded the conference that, while the world spent $16.8bn (€13.8bn) fighting Aids in poor countries, this was still $7bn a year short of the amount needed. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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