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  •  Some experts world leaders and stars around the world have called for the dramatic reduction in price of the ground breaking new HIV medicines to ensure global accessibility to all who need them The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the advocates included Nobel laureates Fran oise Barr Sinoussi and Joseph Stiglitz former President of Malawi Dr Joyce Banda and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark Others are artistes Olly Alexander singer and actor Stephen Fry actor writer and presenter Adam Lambert singer and songwriter David Oyelowo actor producer director and Arnaud Valois actor Also business leaders Mo Ibrahim and Paul Polman are amongst those who have joined the call in an open letter The letter was published in the run up to the International AIDS Conference which opened in Montreal on July 29 AIDS pandemic continues to take a life every minute and new HIV infections are rising in too many communities The breakthrough long acting medicine only has to be taken every few months and is proving to be one of the most effective methods to prevent HIV transmission In addition to the prevention tool available now long acting antiretrovirals could one day be part of revolutionizing treatment to prevent deaths But these medicines are currently only available in high income countries at a price of tens of thousands of dollars far out of reach for people and governments in low and middle income countries People in these countries need them most they said in the letter The advocates said that these long acting HIV medicines could enable millions of adolescent girls and young women in sub Saharan Africa to protect themselves from acquiring HIV According to them they can enable people from marginalised communities including gay men transgender people and sex workers to receive a discreet injection every few months to protect themselves The letter called on ViiV one of the world s largest HIV pharmaceutical companies to share their technology and know how to boost production and set their price at a point where all countries could afford to buy these medicines In particular it called on ViiV to tackle the barriers to access by taking some steps Announce a lower price for the long acting injectable ARV for prevention CAB LA as close as possible to that of other HIV prevention medicines PrEP The current best PrEP option is approximately 60 per person per year Make the price public and transparent and include the cost of the accompanying syringe Quickly finalise licences to produce generic versions of this long acting ARV through the Medicines Patent Pool Licence across the world s low and middle income countries on a non exclusive basis with a broad geographic scope for both treatment and prevention Share know how and technology Enable producers in Africa Asia Latin America Eastern and Central Europe and beyond to seek transfer and begin producing Commit to making enough to meet demand until generic producers come online Lilian Mworeko Regional Coordinator of the International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa ICWEA said While many in the global North are getting access to long acting HIV prevention tools and medicines Africans are overwhelmingly denied the opportunity It is worse for groups who continue to be left behind like adolescent girls and young women As long as the price is unaffordably high for our governments and for funders to purchase we will continue to be locked out from being able to access them They are vital to preventing new HIV infections and they could become transformational in treatment Our message is simple all of our lives matter she said As the global HIV response has come under strain from the COVID 19 crisis and the Ukraine war ensuring rapid affordable and equitable access to these medicines has become even more urgent The signatories to the letter stressed that they could and must be made available to everyone regardless of the passport they hold or the money in their pocket They said that the new medicines present a remarkable opportunity to avoid the scientific and policy mistakes that defined the early years of AIDS whereby after the first antiretroviral HIV drugs received approval prohibitive costs meant they were out of reach in the global South They said that millions died and that the failings were not due to scientific or technical limitations but as the result of conscious choices about how medical innovation and access to health tools were organised and financed It is within ViiV s power to ensure that millions more people around the world are able to benefit from the incredible technical advances that have gone into this new medicine If countries know that it is available at an affordable price they will be able to prioritise the purchase of it from their health budgets and to make it available to all who need it said Deborah Gold CEO of the National Aids Trust Also Dr Ayoade Alakija Co Chair of the Africa Union Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance for COVID 19 remarked There is a choice about how new medicines are launched into the global market in terms of whether they are available to everyone everywhere The limitations are less to do with scientific or technical challenges and much more to do with how medical innovation and access to health countermeasures are currently organised and financed to favour the rich and reinforce inequity The International AIDS Conference is taking place in Montreal from July 29 to Aug 2 2022 It offers an historic opportunity for ViiV to stand with world leaders civil society and people living with and at risk of HIV from around the world and pledge actions that will save lives and accelerate efforts to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 The World Health Organisation will release new guidelines on CAB LA the new medicines at the conference Winnie Byanyima Executive Director of UNAIDS said The stakes are high 40 million people around the world are living with HIV today and around 1 5 million people were newly infected in 2020 alone This is an issue of inequality Will these new medicines help us break down the inequalities driving the AIDS pandemic affordable and available for those who need them most Or will they stay out of reach The pharmaceutical industry has the opportunity to make medicines affordable and accessible to people in all countries including so called middle income countries through sharing technologies and setting an affordable price today until those generics come online NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders call for accessibility of ground-breaking new HIV medicines
     Some experts world leaders and stars around the world have called for the dramatic reduction in price of the ground breaking new HIV medicines to ensure global accessibility to all who need them The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the advocates included Nobel laureates Fran oise Barr Sinoussi and Joseph Stiglitz former President of Malawi Dr Joyce Banda and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark Others are artistes Olly Alexander singer and actor Stephen Fry actor writer and presenter Adam Lambert singer and songwriter David Oyelowo actor producer director and Arnaud Valois actor Also business leaders Mo Ibrahim and Paul Polman are amongst those who have joined the call in an open letter The letter was published in the run up to the International AIDS Conference which opened in Montreal on July 29 AIDS pandemic continues to take a life every minute and new HIV infections are rising in too many communities The breakthrough long acting medicine only has to be taken every few months and is proving to be one of the most effective methods to prevent HIV transmission In addition to the prevention tool available now long acting antiretrovirals could one day be part of revolutionizing treatment to prevent deaths But these medicines are currently only available in high income countries at a price of tens of thousands of dollars far out of reach for people and governments in low and middle income countries People in these countries need them most they said in the letter The advocates said that these long acting HIV medicines could enable millions of adolescent girls and young women in sub Saharan Africa to protect themselves from acquiring HIV According to them they can enable people from marginalised communities including gay men transgender people and sex workers to receive a discreet injection every few months to protect themselves The letter called on ViiV one of the world s largest HIV pharmaceutical companies to share their technology and know how to boost production and set their price at a point where all countries could afford to buy these medicines In particular it called on ViiV to tackle the barriers to access by taking some steps Announce a lower price for the long acting injectable ARV for prevention CAB LA as close as possible to that of other HIV prevention medicines PrEP The current best PrEP option is approximately 60 per person per year Make the price public and transparent and include the cost of the accompanying syringe Quickly finalise licences to produce generic versions of this long acting ARV through the Medicines Patent Pool Licence across the world s low and middle income countries on a non exclusive basis with a broad geographic scope for both treatment and prevention Share know how and technology Enable producers in Africa Asia Latin America Eastern and Central Europe and beyond to seek transfer and begin producing Commit to making enough to meet demand until generic producers come online Lilian Mworeko Regional Coordinator of the International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa ICWEA said While many in the global North are getting access to long acting HIV prevention tools and medicines Africans are overwhelmingly denied the opportunity It is worse for groups who continue to be left behind like adolescent girls and young women As long as the price is unaffordably high for our governments and for funders to purchase we will continue to be locked out from being able to access them They are vital to preventing new HIV infections and they could become transformational in treatment Our message is simple all of our lives matter she said As the global HIV response has come under strain from the COVID 19 crisis and the Ukraine war ensuring rapid affordable and equitable access to these medicines has become even more urgent The signatories to the letter stressed that they could and must be made available to everyone regardless of the passport they hold or the money in their pocket They said that the new medicines present a remarkable opportunity to avoid the scientific and policy mistakes that defined the early years of AIDS whereby after the first antiretroviral HIV drugs received approval prohibitive costs meant they were out of reach in the global South They said that millions died and that the failings were not due to scientific or technical limitations but as the result of conscious choices about how medical innovation and access to health tools were organised and financed It is within ViiV s power to ensure that millions more people around the world are able to benefit from the incredible technical advances that have gone into this new medicine If countries know that it is available at an affordable price they will be able to prioritise the purchase of it from their health budgets and to make it available to all who need it said Deborah Gold CEO of the National Aids Trust Also Dr Ayoade Alakija Co Chair of the Africa Union Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance for COVID 19 remarked There is a choice about how new medicines are launched into the global market in terms of whether they are available to everyone everywhere The limitations are less to do with scientific or technical challenges and much more to do with how medical innovation and access to health countermeasures are currently organised and financed to favour the rich and reinforce inequity The International AIDS Conference is taking place in Montreal from July 29 to Aug 2 2022 It offers an historic opportunity for ViiV to stand with world leaders civil society and people living with and at risk of HIV from around the world and pledge actions that will save lives and accelerate efforts to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 The World Health Organisation will release new guidelines on CAB LA the new medicines at the conference Winnie Byanyima Executive Director of UNAIDS said The stakes are high 40 million people around the world are living with HIV today and around 1 5 million people were newly infected in 2020 alone This is an issue of inequality Will these new medicines help us break down the inequalities driving the AIDS pandemic affordable and available for those who need them most Or will they stay out of reach The pharmaceutical industry has the opportunity to make medicines affordable and accessible to people in all countries including so called middle income countries through sharing technologies and setting an affordable price today until those generics come online NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders call for accessibility of ground-breaking new HIV medicines
    General news2 months ago

    Stakeholders call for accessibility of ground-breaking new HIV medicines

    Some experts, world leaders, and stars around the world have called  for the dramatic reduction in price of the ground-breaking new HIV medicines, to ensure global accessibility to all who need them.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the advocates included Nobel laureates Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Joseph Stiglitz, former President of Malawi, Dr Joyce Banda and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.Others are artistes Olly Alexander (singer and actor), Stephen Fry (actor, writer, and presenter), Adam Lambert (singer and songwriter), David Oyelowo (actor, producer, director) and Arnaud Valois (actor).Also, business leaders Mo Ibrahim and Paul Polman are amongst those who have joined the call in an open letter.The letter was published in the run up to the International AIDS Conference, which opened in Montreal on July 29. “ AIDS pandemic continues to take a life every minute, and new HIV infections are rising in too many communities.“The breakthrough long-acting medicine only has to be taken every few months and is proving to be one of the most effective methods to prevent HIV transmission.“In addition to the prevention tool available now, long-acting antiretrovirals could one day be part of revolutionizing treatment to prevent deaths.“But these medicines are currently only available in high-income countries at a price of tens of thousands of dollars – far out of reach for people and governments in low- and middle-income countries.“People in these countries need them most,’’ they said in the letter.The advocates said that these long-acting HIV medicines could enable millions of adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa to protect themselves from acquiring HIV.According to them, they can enable people from marginalised communities including gay men, transgender people, and sex workers, to receive a discreet injection every few months to protect themselves.The letter called on ViiV, one of the world’s largest HIV pharmaceutical companies, to share their technology and know-how to boost production and set their price at a point where all countries could afford to buy these medicines.In particular, it called on ViiV to tackle the barriers to access by taking some steps.“Announce a lower price for the long-acting injectable ARV for prevention, CAB-LA, as close as possible to that of other HIV prevention medicines (PrEP).“The current best PrEP option is approximately $60 per person per year.Make the price public and transparent, and include the cost of the accompanying syringe.“Quickly finalise licences to produce generic versions of this long-acting ARV through the Medicines Patent Pool. “Licence across the world’s low- and middle-income countries on a non-exclusive basis, with a broad geographic scope for both treatment and prevention.“Share know-how and technology.Enable producers in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern and Central Europe and beyond to seek transfer and begin producing.“Commit to making enough to meet demand until generic producers come online.’’ Lilian Mworeko, Regional Coordinator of the International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA), said: “While many in the global North are getting access to long-acting HIV prevention tools and medicines, Africans are overwhelmingly denied the opportunity.“It is worse for groups who continue to be left behind like adolescent girls and young women.“ As long as the price is unaffordably high for our governments and for funders to purchase, we will continue to be locked out from being able to access them.“They are vital to preventing new HIV infections and they could become transformational in treatment.“Our message is simple: all of our lives matter,’’ she said.As the global HIV response has come under strain from the COVID-19 crisis and the Ukraine war, ensuring rapid, affordable and equitable access to these medicines has become even more urgent.The signatories to the letter stressed that they could and must be made available to everyone, regardless of the passport they hold or the money in their pocket.They said that the new medicines present a remarkable opportunity to avoid the scientific and policy mistakes that defined the early years of AIDS whereby after the first antiretroviral HIV drugs received approval, prohibitive costs meant they were out of reach in the global South.They said that millions died and that the failings were not due to scientific or technical limitations but as  the result of conscious choices about how medical innovation and access to health tools were organised and financed.“It is within ViiV’s power to ensure that millions more people around the world are able to benefit from the incredible technical advances that have gone into this new medicine.“If countries know that it is available at an affordable price, they will be able to prioritise the purchase of it from their health budgets and to make it available to all who need it,’’ said Deborah Gold, CEO of the National Aids Trust.Also,  Dr Ayoade Alakija, Co-Chair of the Africa Union Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance for COVID-19 , remarked.“There is a choice about how new medicines are launched into the global market in terms of whether they are available to everyone, everywhere.“The limitations are less to do with scientific or technical challenges and much more to do with how medical innovation and access to health countermeasures are currently organised and financed to favour the rich and reinforce inequity.’’ The International AIDS Conference, is taking place in Montreal from  July 29 to Aug. 2, 2022. It  offers an historic opportunity for ViiV to stand with world leaders, civil society and people living with and at risk of HIV from around the world and pledge actions that will save lives and accelerate efforts to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The World Health Organisation will release new guidelines on CAB-LA – the new medicines – at the conference.Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said: “The stakes are high.40 million people around the world are living with HIV today, and around 1.5 million people were newly infected in 2020 alone.“This is an issue of inequality.“Will these new medicines help us break down the inequalities driving the AIDS pandemic – affordable and available for those who need them most?Or will they stay out of reach?“The pharmaceutical industry has the opportunity to make medicines affordable and accessible to people in all countries, including so-called middle-income countries – through sharing technologies and setting an affordable price today until those generics come online.”NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Western leaders preparing to meet at Cop26 in Glasgow to make the decision to provide COVID vaccines to the world s poorest and most vulnerable people Brown was part of a group including former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and ex New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark who this week called on world leaders to send unused vaccines north to south around the world and keep immunization targets on track Speaking on ITV s Good Morning Britain Brown said of those who were to gather in Scotland These are the people who control these vaccines make a decision take out the unused vaccines A plan by the World Health Organization WHO to redistribute an excess supply of unused vaccines to 92 vaccine poor countries It could deliver 600 million more doses to Africa and low income countries by December Brown called on Western leaders to implement the plan He noted that partnerships sometimes work and that it works quite well No one is really safe until everyone is vaccinated everywhere The disease is spreading in the poorest countries it will mutate we will have new variants like Delta They re going to come back to haunt even fully vaccinated people here It is in all of our interests to have everyone around the world immunized Now the good news is that we have the vaccines we just need to distribute them to people he added Brown and more than 150 world leaders have called on the Pope to intervene this week ahead of the G20 summit in Rome The summit is due to start on Friday under the chairmanship of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi They called on Pope Francis to exert his influence to ensure that the summit uses its historic opportunity to end the vaccine inequality that they say is plaguing the world PA Media dpa NAN
    Send unused vaccines to poorer nations, Gordon Brown urges leaders
      Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Western leaders preparing to meet at Cop26 in Glasgow to make the decision to provide COVID vaccines to the world s poorest and most vulnerable people Brown was part of a group including former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and ex New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark who this week called on world leaders to send unused vaccines north to south around the world and keep immunization targets on track Speaking on ITV s Good Morning Britain Brown said of those who were to gather in Scotland These are the people who control these vaccines make a decision take out the unused vaccines A plan by the World Health Organization WHO to redistribute an excess supply of unused vaccines to 92 vaccine poor countries It could deliver 600 million more doses to Africa and low income countries by December Brown called on Western leaders to implement the plan He noted that partnerships sometimes work and that it works quite well No one is really safe until everyone is vaccinated everywhere The disease is spreading in the poorest countries it will mutate we will have new variants like Delta They re going to come back to haunt even fully vaccinated people here It is in all of our interests to have everyone around the world immunized Now the good news is that we have the vaccines we just need to distribute them to people he added Brown and more than 150 world leaders have called on the Pope to intervene this week ahead of the G20 summit in Rome The summit is due to start on Friday under the chairmanship of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi They called on Pope Francis to exert his influence to ensure that the summit uses its historic opportunity to end the vaccine inequality that they say is plaguing the world PA Media dpa NAN
    Send unused vaccines to poorer nations, Gordon Brown urges leaders
    Headlines11 months ago

    Send unused vaccines to poorer nations, Gordon Brown urges leaders

    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Western leaders preparing to meet at Cop26 in Glasgow to "make the decision" to provide COVID vaccines to the world's poorest and most vulnerable people.

    Brown was part of a group including former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and ex-New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark who this week called on world leaders to send unused vaccines north to south around the world and keep immunization targets on track.

    Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, Brown said of those who were to gather in Scotland: "These are the people who control these vaccines, make a decision, take out the unused vaccines."

    A plan by the World Health Organization (WHO) to redistribute an excess supply of unused vaccines to 92 vaccine-poor countries.

    It could deliver 600 million more doses to Africa and low-income countries by December.

    Brown called on Western leaders to implement the plan.

    He noted that partnerships sometimes work and that it works quite well.

    “No one is really safe until everyone is vaccinated everywhere.

    “The disease is spreading in the poorest countries, it will mutate, we will have new variants like Delta.

    “They're going to come back to haunt even fully vaccinated people here.

    “It is in all of our interests to have everyone around the world immunized.

    “Now the good news is that we have the vaccines, we just need to distribute them to people,” he added.

    Brown and more than 150 world leaders have called on the Pope to intervene this week ahead of the G20 summit in Rome.

    The summit is due to start on Friday under the chairmanship of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

    "They called on Pope Francis to exert his influence to ensure that the summit uses its 'historic opportunity' to end the vaccine inequality that they say is plaguing the world."

    PA Media / dpa / NAN

  •   Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Western leaders preparing to meet at Cop26 in Glasgow to make the decision to provide COVID vaccines to the world s poorest and most vulnerable people Brown was part of a group including former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and ex New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark who this week called on world leaders to send unused vaccines north to south around the world and keep immunization targets on track Speaking on ITV s Good Morning Britain Brown said of those who were to gather in Scotland These are the people who control these vaccines make a decision take out the unused vaccines A plan by the World Health Organization WHO to redistribute an excess supply of unused vaccines to 92 vaccine poor countries It could deliver 600 million more doses to Africa and low income countries by December Brown called on Western leaders to implement the plan He noted that partnerships sometimes work and that it works quite well No one is really safe until everyone is vaccinated everywhere The disease is spreading in the poorest countries it will mutate we will have new variants like Delta They re going to come back to haunt even fully vaccinated people here It is in all of our interests to have everyone around the world immunized Now the good news is that we have the vaccines we just need to distribute them to people he added Brown and more than 150 world leaders have called on the Pope to intervene this week ahead of the G20 summit in Rome The summit is due to start on Friday under the chairmanship of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi They called on Pope Francis to exert his influence to ensure that the summit uses its historic opportunity to end the vaccine inequality that they say is plaguing the world PA Media dpa Source NAN
    Send unused vaccines to poorer nations – Gordon Brown urges leaders
      Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Western leaders preparing to meet at Cop26 in Glasgow to make the decision to provide COVID vaccines to the world s poorest and most vulnerable people Brown was part of a group including former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and ex New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark who this week called on world leaders to send unused vaccines north to south around the world and keep immunization targets on track Speaking on ITV s Good Morning Britain Brown said of those who were to gather in Scotland These are the people who control these vaccines make a decision take out the unused vaccines A plan by the World Health Organization WHO to redistribute an excess supply of unused vaccines to 92 vaccine poor countries It could deliver 600 million more doses to Africa and low income countries by December Brown called on Western leaders to implement the plan He noted that partnerships sometimes work and that it works quite well No one is really safe until everyone is vaccinated everywhere The disease is spreading in the poorest countries it will mutate we will have new variants like Delta They re going to come back to haunt even fully vaccinated people here It is in all of our interests to have everyone around the world immunized Now the good news is that we have the vaccines we just need to distribute them to people he added Brown and more than 150 world leaders have called on the Pope to intervene this week ahead of the G20 summit in Rome The summit is due to start on Friday under the chairmanship of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi They called on Pope Francis to exert his influence to ensure that the summit uses its historic opportunity to end the vaccine inequality that they say is plaguing the world PA Media dpa Source NAN
    Send unused vaccines to poorer nations – Gordon Brown urges leaders
    Foreign11 months ago

    Send unused vaccines to poorer nations – Gordon Brown urges leaders

    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Western leaders preparing to meet at Cop26 in Glasgow to "make the decision" to provide COVID vaccines to the world's poorest and most vulnerable people.

    Brown was part of a group including former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and ex-New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark who this week called on world leaders to send unused vaccines north to south around the world and keep immunization targets on track.

    Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, Brown said of those who were to gather in Scotland: "These are the people who control these vaccines, make a decision, take out the unused vaccines."

    A plan by the World Health Organization (WHO) to redistribute an excess supply of unused vaccines to 92 vaccine-poor countries.

    It could deliver 600 million more doses to Africa and low-income countries by December.

    Brown called on Western leaders to implement the plan.

    He noted that partnerships sometimes work and that it works quite well.

    “No one is really safe until everyone is vaccinated everywhere.

    “The disease is spreading in the poorest countries, it will mutate, we will have new variants like Delta.

    “They're going to come back to haunt even fully vaccinated people here.

    “It is in all of our interests to have everyone around the world immunized.

    “Now the good news is that we have the vaccines, we just need to distribute them to people,” he added.

    Brown and more than 150 world leaders have called on the Pope to intervene this week ahead of the G20 summit in Rome.

    The summit is due to start on Friday under the chairmanship of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

    "They called on Pope Francis to exert his influence to ensure that the summit uses its 'historic opportunity' to end the vaccine inequality that they say is plaguing the world." (PA Media / dpa /)

    Source: NAN