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MORE COUNTRIES SHOULD APPLY SOLIDARITY AIR LEVY TO COMPLEMENT FUNDING FOR GLOBAL HEALTH

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SECURE FUNDING KEY TO KEEP EXPANDING TREATMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH AIDS, MALARIA AND TB 

Geneva, 10 June 2010 At a meeting which ended last night, the Executive Board of UNITAID approved a plan to step up efforts to enlist more countries to apply a solidarity levy on air tickets to provide additional funding for the health Millennium Development Goals. The Board approved a number of resolutions, among them the final phase of the establishment of a medicines patent pool, but a situation of depleting funds raises concerns for the many patients currently being treated by UNITAID.

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UNITAID Response to Bristol Myers Squibb Interrupted Production of HIV Medicines for Infants

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Geneva 7 June 2010 UNITAID is deeply concerned that the provision of a key paediatric AIDS medicine produced by Bristol Myers Squibb will be interrupted in June 2010 until at least April 2011. The medicine, didanosine 25 mg and 50 mg, is supplied by UNITAID through the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to between 4,000-7,000 infants in 40 countries. Interruption of treatment would seriously jeopardize these young children's survival.

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EU Commission calls Member States to get back on track for MDGs and more and better aid

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22 April 2010 - Today, the European Commission has adopted an ambitious action plan for EU action to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2009, the EU aid level has slightly decreased and amounted 49bn. This corresponds to 0.42% of EU GNI, making the EU still far from meeting the intermediate collective target of 0,56% GNI by 2010, before reaching 0.7% EU GNI by 2015.

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Patent Pool budget approved - implementation begins

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The UNITAID Finance and Administration Board Committee this week approved a 2010 budget of US$ 4 million towards the establishment of the Medicines Patent Pool Foundation, a voluntary licensing mechanism that will allow for patent holders of antiretroviral medicines to license their patents to generic manufacturers. UNITAID is now in the process of finalising a memorandum of understanding to be entered into as soon as the Patent Pool Foundation is established in June.
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HIV LEADERS MEETING - DRIVING PROGRESS ON UNIVERSAL ACCESS

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At an HIV Leaders meeting to re-energise global efforts against HIV/AIDS, held at the House of Lords, London, on 9 March, Dr Jorge Bermudez, Executive Secretary of UNITAID, stressed the crucial contribution of innovative financing and new tools to keep the momentum and promise on universal access to AIDS treatment and care.

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