World AIDS Vaccine Day - 18th May
We tend to celebrate every known international day with much delight and happiness. However, today is a day that we must sit and reflect upon. Reflect upon the challenges that lie ahead, analyze what has been done in the past and what can be done in the future. Yes, it is indeed a day that we all wish that would be marked as "The Successful AIDS Vaccine Discovery Day" rather than just "World AIDS Vaccine Day".
The history of this day goes back to May 18, 1997 when the-then president of United States, Mr Bill Clinton challenged the world to set new goals in the emerging age of science and technology and develop an AIDS vaccine within the next decade stating, “Only a truly effective, preventive HIV vaccine can limit and eventually eliminate the threat of AIDS.”
The first World AIDS Vaccine Day was observed on May 18, 1998 to commemorate the anniversary of Clinton’s speech, and the tradition continues today. Each year communities around the globe hold a variety of activities on World AIDS Vaccine Day to raise awareness for AIDS vaccines, educate communities about HIV prevention and research for an AIDS vaccine and bring attention to the ways in which ordinary people can be a part of the international effort to stem the pandemic.
This day is an opportunity to observe the urgent need for a vaccine that prevents HIV infection and AIDS. Since HIV and AIDS were identified more than 25 years ago, scientists have remained steadfast in their belief that a vaccine is possible. A vaccine is the best hope to stop the continuing spread of the epidemic.
Developing an AIDS vaccine isn't going to be easy. However, the fight must go on for the cause of humanity. Let us join hands and do our bit in making this fight a worthwhile effort from the humankind. Let us hope, wish and work hard towards an AIDS free future.
On behalf of all humankind, I challenge the virus! Mr HIV, your days are numbered!!!
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Vadodara, Gujarat, India