President Trump praised the development of an “AIDS vaccine” on Tuesday at a press conference in the Rose Garden. The 45th elected President also predicted a vaccine for the coronavirus by the end of the year.
During the press conference Trump shared, “And they've come up with the AIDS vaccine. They've come up with — or the AIDS. And they — as you know, there's various things, and now various companies are involved. But the therapeutic for AIDS — AIDS was a death sentence, and now people live a life with a pill. It's an incredible thing,” Trump added. Yet, an AIDS vaccine does not exist yet. The White House did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Trump’s statement.
Trump later appeared to backtrack those comments, saying, “AIDS was a death sentence, and now people live a life with a pill. It’s an incredible thing.”
Trump is feasibly referring to daily antiretroviral drugs, which have proved very effective in controlling HIV. If the virus is left unchecked, the virus can progress into AIDS, an advanced form of the disease.
Prevention medication, also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, for people at risk of HIV. PrEP can reduce the risk of infection by at least 74% in people who take the drug consistently, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although the comparison is a reach, the 45th elected President or the White House has yet confirm a vaccine for HIV.
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