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U.S. Government Officials Recognize HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

AIDS.gov: Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
“With no current cure for HIV/AIDS, an HIV vaccine could be a game changer in our effort to control and end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. HIV Vaccine Awareness Day reminds us that the need for safe, effective, and affordable vaccines that can prevent HIV is urgent…” (5/15).

USAID’s “Impact”: Growing Children, Trees, and Science: The Work Towards an AIDS Vaccine
Margaret McCluskey, a senior technical adviser in USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, writes, “Sixteen years ago, on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, a group of mothers, their children, and a few researchers gathered to plant a new maple tree on the median of Monument Street. … Now, the children and maple tree are grown, and we still don’t have an AIDS vaccine — not yet. But we will…” (5/18).