This week is a big one for epidemics. Today is World Aids Day. The UN General Assembly will hold a special session on Covid-19 on Thursday. Although there appears to be an increasing political commitment to the end of Covid-19, another epidemic also seems to be quickly forgotten. There is a price to pay.
Today is World AIDS Day, the 32nd since the day it was declared in 1988 as part of a strategy to try to break the silence surrounding HIV.
But in addition, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a special session (UNGASS) on Covid-19 on Thursday and Friday, where we will see a series of witnesses of heads of state making pious promises and commitments to the prevention and treatment of Covid-19 .
It is also the 19th anniversary of the first UNGASS ever dedicated to a disease – Aids. It was held in June 2001 and led to a declaration of commitment that contributed to accelerating progress in the fight against HIV treatment.
Yet, all the lip services are both epidemic out of control.
By Monday, Covid-19, caused by a virus just one year old, had more than 62 million cases, of which nearly 1.5 …