Donald Trump signed the law to fund HIV treatment

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: (L to R) Vice President-elect Mike Pence looks on as President-elect Donald Trump shakes the hand of Peter Thiel during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. This is the first major meeting between President-elect Trump and technology industry leaders. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

On Tuesday (December 11), Trump renewed a law called PEPFAR—President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief—to last until 2023, reports Vox. It is going to provide the lifesaving treatment supply for more than 14 million HIV+ people in 50 different countries all around the world, especially on the African continent, where it is extremely problematic to gain access to this kind of treatment. PEPFAR was introduced by the then-President George Bush in 2003 in response to the AIDS crisis in Africa and has received bipartisan support throughout the years. The senate passed the bill with unanimous consent and it was approved by voice vote in the senate, meaning that the measure has not been significantly opposed, so that there was no nee in further reviewing. The US has contributed billions of dollars to the program since it was brought in. It was re-authorized by Bush in 2008 and later by then President Barack Obama in 2013.


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