European Union supports Annan's appeal against AIDS

Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has expressed support for UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan's appeal for the creation of a world AIDS control fund, an EU statement said in Brussels Friday.
Annan made the appeal at the African Summit on AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria that ended Friday in Abuja, Nigeria.
The EU, however, suggested that a special programme be launched for the prevention of the disease.
Cognisant with the very high prices of Anti-AIDS drugs, the statement urged pharmaceutical laboratories to moderate their prices to the affordability of developing countries.
It, therefore, appealed to governments, pharmaceutical companies and civil society to negotiate and agree on a special scheme of drug pricing in favour of poor countries.
It expressed the need to increase investments aimed at developing a vaccine and new medicines against AIDS.
Last September, the European Union organised an international conference on AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
Meanwhile, the European commission is expected to launch this year a plan of action to fight those infectious diseases.

28 april 2001 13:34:00

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