For Immediate Release: December 1, 2020
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Statement by President Clinton on World AIDS Day 2020
This World AIDS Day comes at a critical moment in our decades-long fight against HIV/AIDS, as COVID-19 has disrupted health systems around the world, revealed anew the deep inequalities within and across our societies, and put millions more lives at risk.
We have come too far together to allow our progress to be reversed. We owe it to the memory of all those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS—and the futures of all those living with it—to renew our commitment to ending AIDS once and for all.
Doing that will require the dedication of each and every one of us: community groups, governments, multilaterals, civil society, and NGOs. It will require vision, determination, and bold investments in comprehensive health systems.
I’m proud that the women and men of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) have been part of this effort for nearly two decades, and that today with our partner Unitaid, CHAI has announced an agreement that will lower the cost of HIV treatment for children in low- and middle-income countries by 75 percent.
The challenges we face are daunting, but if we come together on this World AIDS Day with a coordinated and innovative response, and with the resources and will to support it, we can prevail.