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US to extend HIV/AIDS aid programme: Pence

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C., the United States, on Oct. 11, 2018. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence

US Vice President Mike Pence has said that President Donald Trump will soon sign a legislation to extend an HIV/AIDS aid programme that started 15 years ago…reports Asian Lite News

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Oct. 9, 2018. Trump said on Tuesday that he was going to name a new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations within two or three weeks following Nikki Haley's resignation. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .
U.S. President Donald Trump

Pence made the announcement at a White House event marking the upcoming World AIDS Day.

The Senate approved a bill on Wednesday to extend the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for five years and sent it to the White House for Trump’s signature.

The House passed an identical bill earlier this month.

Pence said Trump believes that the reauthorisation was “a critical component” of the administration’s commitment to combat AIDS.

Former President George W. Bush signed PEPFAR into law in 2003.

HIV/AIDS advocates said they welcome the news while urging the Trump administration to drop efforts to slash federal funding for the program.

Observed on December 1 every year since 1988, World AIDS Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic and mourning those who have died of the disease.