Thai Public Health Minister Who Broke AIDS Patents: Named Chairman of the UNAIDS Board

21 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Thai Public Health Minister Who Broke AIDS Patents: Named Chairman of the UNAIDS Board</h1><p>May 21 (LPAC) - Dr. Mongkol na Songkhla, Thailand's Public Health Minister who has taken the lead in issuing compulsory licenses for AIDS and heart condition drugs, was named Chairman of the UNAIDS Board for the next year by UNAIDS Board Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot. The Nation reported May 20 that Dr. Piot expressed his full support for the stand taken by Thailand against the pharmaceutical companies and the USTR (Office of the US Trade Representative), which have mounted a slanderous and threatening campaign to break Thailand's will to defend the lives of its citizens. Dr. Piot thus joins former President Bill Clinton in backing the Thai policy, as opposed to former Vice President Al Gore, whofor such policies in the late 1990s, forcing Thailand to back down at that time.</p></div></body>