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Independent Panel Report Lets WHO off the Hook, Says AHF

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:32pm

b'The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR) issued a report earlier this week with recommendations on improving global pandemic preparedness.

Key Points: 
  • b'The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR) issued a report earlier this week with recommendations on improving global pandemic preparedness.
  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world\xe2\x80\x99s largest provider of HIV/AIDS care globally, has characterized the report as a restatement of previous well-reasoned but unimplemented attempts at global public health reforms.
  • The secretariat for the IPPPR is located at the Geneva Health Campus, a short walk from the WHO headquarters.\n\xe2\x80\x9cThe IPPPR report from Geneva is more of the same ineffective banter.
  • Transparency, accountability, and coordination must be the cornerstone of an effective global public health system that protects all people worldwide.

AHF Issues $100M Homeless Challenge to Mayor Garcetti, L.A. City Council in New L.A. Times Ad

Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 1:36am

b'Housing justice advocates from AHF and its housing division, Healthy Housing Foundation ( HHF ), are issuing a $100 million homeless housing challenge to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the entire Los Angeles City Council.

Key Points: 
  • b'Housing justice advocates from AHF and its housing division, Healthy Housing Foundation ( HHF ), are issuing a $100 million homeless housing challenge to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the entire Los Angeles City Council.
  • The challenge will be announced in a full-page, full color advocacy ad set to run this Sunday (May 9, 2021) in the main news section of Los Angeles Times headlined \xe2\x80\x9c$100,000,000 Homeless Challenge.\xe2\x80\x9d\nThis press release features multimedia.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210507005644/en/\nAHF is issuing a $100 million homeless housing challenge to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the entire City Council.
  • Please meet us halfway,\xe2\x80\x9d said Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a sentiment also shared in the Healthy Housing Foundation $100,000,000 Homeless Challenge ad.

Global Public Health Convention Study in The Lancet Redefines the Future of Pandemics, says GPHC Panel

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 5:04am

b'The Panel for a Global Public Health Convention (GPHC) announces today the publication of a research study titled \xe2\x80\x9cGlobal Public Health Convention for the 21st Century\xe2\x80\x9d in the prestigious Lancet Public Health journal.

Key Points: 
  • b'The Panel for a Global Public Health Convention (GPHC) announces today the publication of a research study titled \xe2\x80\x9cGlobal Public Health Convention for the 21st Century\xe2\x80\x9d in the prestigious Lancet Public Health journal.
  • The paper outlines 10 recommendations on how the world can better prevent and prepare for pandemics like COVID-19 by adopting a robust global public health convention or treaty.\nThe pioneering study was conducted by a research team at the University of Miami (UM), Department of Public Health Science under the leadership of Prof. Jos\xc3\xa9 Szapocznik Ph.D.
  • The team compiled the recommendations after gathering and analyzing input from 29 thought leaders in a diverse range of disciplines, including public health, public policy, medicine, diplomacy, and economics.
  • The study received financial support from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and was conducted in collaboration with the AHF Public Health Institute at the University of Miami.\n\xe2\x80\x9cThe recommendations in the study published today in the Lancet are central to our efforts to bring about a much-needed paradigm shift in the global public health architecture in the wake of COVID-19,\xe2\x80\x9d said Dame Barbara Stocking, Chair of the Panel for a Global Public Health Convention and President of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

AHF: Lancet Paper Makes the Case for a Global Public Health Convention

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 4:21am

b'AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ), the world\xe2\x80\x99s largest provider of HIV/AIDS care globally, marked today the publication of a peer-reviewed research article titled \xe2\x80\x9cA Global Public Health Convention for the 21st Century\xe2\x80\x9d in the prestigious Lancet Public Health journal.\nThe paper presents 10 recommendations aimed at transforming the global health system so that it can become more transparent, accountable, and cooperative when responding to international health emergencies like COVID-19.

Key Points: 
  • b'AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ), the world\xe2\x80\x99s largest provider of HIV/AIDS care globally, marked today the publication of a peer-reviewed research article titled \xe2\x80\x9cA Global Public Health Convention for the 21st Century\xe2\x80\x9d in the prestigious Lancet Public Health journal.\nThe paper presents 10 recommendations aimed at transforming the global health system so that it can become more transparent, accountable, and cooperative when responding to international health emergencies like COVID-19.
  • To achieve these goals, the article calls for the ratification of a new convention or treaty on global public health.
  • Full text of the published study is freely available here via The Lancet website.\nThe study was co-authored by 21 global public health thinkers, including AHF President Michael Weinstein and Dr. Jorge Saavedra, Executive Director of the AHF Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami.
  • The study was conducted by the University of Miami with financial support from AHF.\n\xe2\x80\x9cAHF has been sounding the alarm on the poor state of global public health emergency preparedness and calling for a Global Public Health Convention since 2015.

AHF Blasts Bill Gates for Opposing COVID Vaccine Access

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 3:15pm

b"AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) sharply criticized Bill Gates, cofounder and former CEO of Microsoft Corporation and cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for his opposition to sharing patents for COVID-19 vaccines with the world.

Key Points: 
  • b"AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) sharply criticized Bill Gates, cofounder and former CEO of Microsoft Corporation and cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for his opposition to sharing patents for COVID-19 vaccines with the world.
  • \xe2\x80\x9cThe COVID-19 pandemic presents a moment that requires all-hands-on-deck, including a temporary suspension of patents on these lifesaving vaccines.
  • For COVID-19, Gates would be wise to pay close attention to lessons learned from the HIV pandemic on how poor countries have been able to access lifesaving ARVs for their populations.
  • WTO members will consider a vote to temporarily waive or suspend all COVID-19 vaccine patents, something AHF has separately urged President Biden and his trade representatives to support.

President Biden Must Uphold Promise to Waive COVID-19 Vaccine Patents, says AHF

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 10:41pm

b'AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world\xe2\x80\x99s largest AIDS organization, calls on the United States President Joseph Biden to direct U.S. government representatives to vote in favor of temporarily waiving or suspending all COVID-19 vaccine patents at the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council meeting this week.

Key Points: 
  • b'AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world\xe2\x80\x99s largest AIDS organization, calls on the United States President Joseph Biden to direct U.S. government representatives to vote in favor of temporarily waiving or suspending all COVID-19 vaccine patents at the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council meeting this week.
  • On May 5, 2021 \xe2\x80\x93 President Biden has the chance to make good on his promise.\n\xe2\x80\x9cTime is ticking for the world \xe2\x80\x93 the longer high-income countries like the U.S., U.K., Canada and European Union continue to listen to Bill Gates and block access to vaccine technology via the WTO, deadly virus strains gain strength and continue to spread globally,\xe2\x80\x9d said AHF President Michael Weinstein.
  • \xe2\x80\x9cIf we\xe2\x80\x99re to stamp out COVID-19, vaccine production must be ramped up \xe2\x80\x93 and the only way for that to happen is for pharmaceutical companies to be mandated to put lives over profits.
  • To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org , find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210504006328/en/\n'

Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict From the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition Powered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 3:39am

Over the last year, the cry that \xe2\x80\x9cBlack Lives Matter,\xe2\x80\x9d has echoed in communities across our globe, as the ugly face of racism has continued to fester and permeate across the nation.

Key Points: 
  • Over the last year, the cry that \xe2\x80\x9cBlack Lives Matter,\xe2\x80\x9d has echoed in communities across our globe, as the ugly face of racism has continued to fester and permeate across the nation.
  • Today, as we heard the Derek Chauvin verdicts, we join our brothers and sisters across the country, to pause and recognize that for this moment, though it doesn\xe2\x80\x99t bring life back to Mr. Floyd, true justice prevailed.
  • For as our nation continues to battle critical public health issues like HIV and COVID-19, we are also confronted daily with the reality of racism as a public health issue.
  • To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org , find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare\nAbout Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition:\nThe Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC) is an initiative of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

COVID-19: AHF Warns Biden Administration, ‘You Are Courting Disaster on Global Vaccines’

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 10:24pm

b'AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) today called on U.S. President Joseph R. Biden to support the temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines as currently proposed at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Key Points: 
  • b'AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) today called on U.S. President Joseph R. Biden to support the temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines as currently proposed at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Lethal mutations and variants of this deadly virus will take hold and spread like wildfire across the globe to unvaccinated populations.
  • Granting the waiver will accelerate vaccine production and distribution.
  • To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org , find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare .\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210415006084/en/\n'

AHF Encourages Biden’s COVID Vaccine Diplomacy Efforts

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 6:30pm

AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) praised the Biden administrations appointment of former USAID administrator Gayle Smith as coordinator of the United States global COVID response and health security.

Key Points: 
  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) praised the Biden administrations appointment of former USAID administrator Gayle Smith as coordinator of the United States global COVID response and health security.
  • If the immorality of global vaccine apartheid doesnt bother you, the danger should, said AHF President Michael Weinstein.
  • We commend the Biden administration for recognizing the crucial role the U.S. can and must play in the global efforts to control COVID, including making vaccines far more widely available around the world.
  • To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org , find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare .

$13M Payday for Moderna CEO Shows Cause to Abandon Vaccine Patents, Says AHF

Friday, April 2, 2021 - 8:07pm

AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) today is citing the recent $13 million payday announced for Moderna CEO Stphane Bancel as just cause for a renewed and stepped-up global call to abandon all patents on vaccines.

Key Points: 
  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) today is citing the recent $13 million payday announced for Moderna CEO Stphane Bancel as just cause for a renewed and stepped-up global call to abandon all patents on vaccines.
  • The urgency of the global pandemic coupled with such over-the-top compensation for drug company execs underscores the need to abandon all patents for vaccines.
  • Moderna received taxpayer support via initial research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org , find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare .