Friday, July 02, 2004

Clinton and Bush on AIDS

Back in April, Bill Clinton's foundation made a deal for inexpensive HIV/AIDS drugs from generic drug makers in India and Africa. The price comes out to US$140 per year per patient, less than half of the previous best.

The Guardian, one of the top UK newspapers, headlined the deal Clinton's Aids deal snubs Bush plan. The Bush Administration's plan would buy HIV/AIDS drugs only from US manufacturers, at much higher prices.

The Coordinator for US Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally is Randall L. Tobias, formerly Chairman, President and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, one of the companies profiting from the Bush plan.

On July 1, 2004, C-SPAN aired a long segment on Tobias's tour of Africa to view the HIV/AIDS situation, back-to-back with a public presentation entitled The Global AIDS Pandemic: Understanding the Threat, organized by the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. The principal speaker at this event was Greg Behrman, Author of “The Invisible People: How the US Has Slept Through the Global AIDS Pandemic”. (I met him recently in San Jose.)

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