WASHINGTONAs part of World AIDS Day 1998 (December1), President
Clinton announced that the federal government will spend $200 million
to fund research aimed at developing an effective HIV vaccine during
fiscal year 1999. The money represents a 33% increase in AIDS vaccine
funding over fiscal year 1998.
Another $164 million will be devoted to other new research
critical to fighting AIDS around the world, the President said.
These efforts include a new prevention trials network to reduce adult
and peri-natal transmission of HIV; new strategies to prevent and
treat HIV infection in children; efforts to train more foreign
scientists to help battle the epidemic; and research on the
prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections.
The United States will also put up $10 million in emergency relief
funds through the US Agency for International Development to provide
support to AIDS orphans abroad. Mr. Clinton also directed Sandra
Thurman, his AIDS policy advisor, to undertake a fact-finding mission
to sub-Saharan Africawhere 90% of the AIDS orphans
liveand to make recommendations on how to address the problem.
Also, Vice President Al Gore announced that the federal government
will provide $220 million in grants for housing and support services
for more than 65,000 low-income people infected with HIV and members
of their households. The money will be distributed by the Department
of Housing and Urban Development under its new Housing Opportunities
for Persons With AIDS program.