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Obama Pledges $100M To AIDS Research, Bill Gates Throws In An Extra $200M For Kicks

obama-gatesPresident Barack Obama wants to cure HIV, making him officially the gayest president in U.S. history (no shade on James Buchanan). Yesterday, President Obama announced that he is directing $100 million into a new program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the sole purpose of which is to find new therapies to combat HIV.

The NIH’s funding got screwed thanks to sequester cuts earlier in the year, so the money should provide some much-needed, overdue relief.

“The United States should be at the forefront of new discoveries into how to put HIV into long-term remission without requiring lifelong therapies, or better yet, eliminate it completely,” the president said.

In addition, President Obama reiterated the U.S. commitment to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which finances efforts to fight infectious diseases in poor countries. Currently, the U.S. matches half of international contributions to the fund. President Obama pledged an additional $5 billion over the next three years, provided that the international community holds up its end of the deal.

Not content to allow Washington to hog the spotlight, gazillionaire genius/do-gooder Bill Gates also pledged a truckload of money to the Global Fund on Monday. Having previously announced a $300 million donation, Gates said that he would match an additional $200 million in private contributions, hoping to attract more donors.

Gates told reporters at the NIH, “Investing in research has huge paybacks.”

You know what else has huge paybacks? Founding Microsoft. Seriously, though, where are Bill and Melinda Gates’ Nobel Prizes already?

By:          Tommy Jordan O'Malley
On:           Dec 3, 2013
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    • krystalkleer

      kudo’s to them both!

      Dec 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo

      Bill fucking Gates.

      Dec 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kamuriie

      Bill Gates is an amazing man. Thank you, Mr. Gates.

      Dec 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charlie in Charge

      Good to hear!

      Dec 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1

      @Kamuriie: Ditto on that! Bill Gates is the man.

      Dec 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BrandoPolo

      Bill Gates continues to prove his awesomeness, and this President continues to make me proud, despite everything. How come Reagan or the Bushes never did this…oh wait.

      Dec 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice

      What’s with all of this misguided Bill Gates Worship?

      Online search:
      Killing Africans For Profit – Bush’s AIDS Offer
      Bill Gates, Big Pharma, Bogus Philanthropy
      Bill Gates and the capitalist philanthropy scam
      The Microsoft Monopoly and “Intellectual Property”
      Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages
      Report: Microsoft collaborated closely with NSA
      Microsoft-led group to pay $450M for 882 Novell patents
      Google whacked by Microsoft in Motorola intellectual property case
      Microsoft plus Nokia: Pending patent troll?
      Former White House ‘intellectual property czar’ immediately jumps ship to Microsoft-driven anti-piracy lobbying group BSA
      NSA Domestic Spying Program Makes Xbox One Even Scarier
      Microsoft Denies Monitoring Skype Calls After Banning Users For Bad Language

      Also worth watching: How Big Pharma Caused an AIDS Genocide breakingtheset

      Dec 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice

      It’s amazing how high HIV rates remain among gay men and mow many people still die from HIV around the world despite all of the money government throws at HIV prevention and supposed cure research… and all of the HIV/AIDS nonprofits with their 6-figure earning executive directors, celeb fundraisers, walks/rides, and trendy celeb PR campaigns.

      Online search:
      Why is the HIV Infection Rate Among Gay Men on the Rise?
      Rise in Unprotected Sex by Gay Men Spurs H.I.V. Fears
      CDC: 62 Percent Of HIV-Positive Men Have Unprotected Sex
      CDC warns gay men of ‘epidemic’ HIV rates
      More die of Aids than war in Africa says Kofi Annan
      Intellectual property “still a threat,” to antiretroviral access, says panel
      AIDS Sufferers Seen Hurt in Pacific Trade Pact Limits
      Patents keep HIV drugs too pricey to use
      Brazil HIV Drug Patent Ruling Allows Generics, Sends Pipeline Process Into Doubt
      Brazil breaks patent on HIV/AIDS drug
      Obama’s DOJ: A Disaster for Medical Marijuana

      Dec 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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