The answer is that we must fight two global health crises, AIDS and Covid-19, at the same time.
One of the biggest lessons of the AIDS crisis is political leadership and global solidarity. In the early days of the fight against AIDS, political leadership was conspicuously absent, with many heads of state for years refusing to acknowledge the existence of the deadly virus. Only after the general public and world leaders began demanding action did we slowly put HIV on the protection list. While political leadership has emerged more on Covid-19, until world leaders and the private sector respond to the demands of this crisis, more variations, like Omicron , will appear and more lives will be lost.
Nearly four decades into the fight against AIDS, our challenge is to ensure that all HIV-positive people have full access to treatment. That won’t happen until everyone, everywhere has full access to a Covid-19 vaccine.