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Obama offers up to $6.3 billion to tackle Aids

Published on Dec 3, 2013 5:59 AM
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US President Barack Obama pauses as he delivers remarks at an event held in observance of World Aids Day at the White House in Washington on Dec 2, 2013. Mr Obama on Monday pledged up to US$5 billion (S$6.3 billion) to fight HIV/Aids as long as the rest of the world collectively offers double that amount. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Monday pledged up to US$5 billion (S$6.3 billion) to fight HIV/Aids as long as the rest of the world collectively offers double that amount. 

Mr Obama urged other countries to replenish the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria as part of a White House event marking World Aids Day which fell on Sunday.

Mr Obama also announced a new plan to seek a cure for HIV, the virus that causes Aids, which will see US$100 million go towards the development of therapies at the National Institutes of Health.

"Don't leave our money on the table," Mr Obama said, calling for a new global effort to spur funding for Aids research.

 
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