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PHOTO PACKAGE: World AIDS Day Marked Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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World AIDS Day is being marked on December 1 at a time when an entirely different pandemic has gripped the world. The executive director of the Joint UN Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) said people should remember the experience with human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) as they look to promising COVID-19 vaccines and “ensure they are not the privilege of the rich." Winnie Byanyima said in a statement that the world must learn from the mistakes of the HIV response “when millions in developing countries died waiting for treatment.” She added that COVID-19 is widening inequalities that already exist and threatening the progress that the world has made in health and development over the past 20 years, including the gains made against HIV. UNAIDS also warned that the disruption of health services amid the coronavirus pandemic could lead to an additional 293,000 HIV infections and up to 148,000 additional AIDS-related deaths until 2022.

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