The William J Clinton Presidential Foundation has announced that agreements have been reached to lower the price of rapid HIV tests and anti-AIDS drugs in the developing world.
Under the agreement, the companies in India and South Africa say they will provide the medications to several nations in the Caribbean and Africa at less than a third of the cost of patented versions. Four other companies will offer the tests for 49 cents to 65 cents each, cutting the cost of a diagnosis in half.
“Too many people die because they can’t afford or don’t have access to the drugs,” Clinton said at his office in Harlem. “This agreement will save hundreds of thousands of lives.” The former president hopes that up to two million people will receive the cut-price drugs by 2008.
Dr. Tony Medina, Humanities professor at Howard University, felt pessimistic about the agreement. “The U.S. government injected the Africans purposefully, they should do these tests for free, most people can’t afford the 49 cents, it’s a nice gesture, but more needs to be done.”
Data has shown that the AIDS pandemic began in the mid-to late 1970’s, after the World Health Organization’s 1972 visit to Africa. “Network 23,” a program shown on a local Los Angeles Public Access Cable Channel, explained that the WHO went into Central Africa in 1972-an area that is known as the “AIDS belt”-and administered a smallpox vaccination to several thousands of Africans.
This event was followed immediately by the first outbreak of AIDS on this planet. The program further reported that in 1978 the Hepatitis B Vaccine was given to several thousand male homosexuals in New York and San Francisco. Eventually, every person that received that vaccine contracted AIDS.
This came on the heels of the 1970 top secret document– National Security Memorandum-written by then Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, which stated that “The US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less-developed countries. That fact gives the US enhanced interests in the political, economic and social stability of the supplying countries. Wherever a lessening of population can increase the prospects for such stability, population policy becomes relevant to resources, supplies and to the economic interests of the United States.”
Furthermore, the U.S. Senate Library reported that in July of 1969 the Department of the Army requested and received $10 million to develop “a synthetic biological agent that would impair or destroy the human immune system.”
More than 40 million people around the world have been infected with HIV/AIDS. Since the early 1980s, the illness has killed 25 million people and an estimated 14,000 people are infected each day with HIV, according to biblia.com.