Part One: Bono and Alicia Keys on World Aids Day

The musicians on what they hope is the beginning of the end of the AIDS crisis
10:43 | 12/01/11

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Transcript for Part One: Bono and Alicia Keys on World Aids Day
Thank you so much for doing this what a year. We are. Looking at the hand. A crisis that we've lived with for generation. Look at. We haven't seen an almost -- has not live. And that's really want -- -- all the bags. It is possible now. But science. Has come up with -- -- -- The end of this pandemic greatest health crisis and 600 years it's possible if we stay with this budget cuts there is. Terrible times that -- in America. But actually. Right now. It's possible to turn the tide on this kind of flu virus that's -- so much -- construction and America. Who needs to know what it's already done -- because it's stunning how did we get here. -- many amazing people believe that there's no other actors act I am farms turning of -- domestic. Before. He which -- who would you credit. I mean I think Clinton -- Great influence especially that the generic drugs because -- -- available in the beginning just. So much of what religious talking about off camera when you guys -- Africa and obviously I was in Africa. There are so many people who couldn't access the medicine and they sit here it is available in. And where we live where I live where you live but they couldn't Muster very wealthy so I think that was a big a big deal. So I think that. It's incredible -- see where we have com and the fact that so many people now can have access to it but there's so many more. That do not have access to it and and needed and what she spoke about performing arts of the science I think that it's incredible for people who may not -- to know that. You know for that for -- to be science and if if you used treatment as prevention if you are able to be treated. Then 96% of the time you want to spread the virus it's of tremendous breakthrough especially hughes'. You doesn't it this is actually. Why we can say it's beginning of the end of -- because normally for every one person that was treated to inspect it. But now by getting these anti retroviral drugs -- -- was just saying. He EPQ and a male circumcision and those things and getting. Also getting the drugs to pregnant women. They can slash. V infection rate. Two under one person and for every one person's entries we know what precisely know the end that we know works. -- and America has put -- five million people. On these drugs. I'm sure people know that and I mean that's why we're on your program. Learn your programs thank -- And friends. -- -- perhaps -- but I'm not sure people. Are aware of this this is probably the greatest act of courage in my -- since the Second World War but -- -- US has done here President Bush. Is here is start. -- Aids initiative. I was fifteen that was fifteen billion dollars over. Five years that was the turning point. In the war it was huge support on both sides but -- he didn't and it's such an important example because you're going to Washington today at a time when. -- the parties are so divided and it's about us our environment -- you've ever seen but on this issue. It's a perfect example Democrats and Republicans coming together to solve -- -- And that's why it's the most important thing I think that's actually -- so hopeful about it. -- effect that this is -- as a circumstance that no matter if we why are we can all agree. That we want an aids free generation and I love the speech that Hillary Clinton made in reference to -- -- -- generation and the fact that. We have the possibility could be the generation to be to have a legacy that we can say we created. An aids free generation we all of us because -- all of us -- have to do it is not just the politicians they can't do it. Without us forcing them and saying this is important to dozens this have to happen in the fact that we can see an end in sight. We must stand up and do that so. I think that's so important effect that we can say we can create and that such -- hopeful feeling. -- -- as -- you know your arm your program. Or buying and backed. What feels hopeless situation. This is today is different this is going to be -- -- -- so -- and and and I I know -- -- Corning Jennifer I've always is the moon shots you know when present any that we can -- amount -- -- And within the decade. And that actually this is that of the battle order and it's it's like eagle hasn't landed yet this is hovering. But if if if if we wanted it will happen. So funny you bring that I was talking to a leading aids researcher this -- -- can cure for -- We talked -- when he was asked this question twenty years ago. Support we just put five billion dollars and could we reach them would say we don't even know where to move it but now we know -- -- is we can see it. And and we're moving in that direction that is a big change. Unless this recession. -- the whole thing and you know there -- people. Begging fare cuts. And and we know -- and we and stands. And it's very important to communicate that is -- it -- -- percentage. Of government spending less than 1% but all these. Development stuff comes at all morning I just old -- it had less than 1%. And you millions millions millions of lives. And if you ask the military. You know they -- -- -- this is -- and national security issue for them they want. The world to know what America stands for -- what America stands against our generals. Coal means it Jim Jones -- -- went to -- to the Pentagon has but of their by. By secretary Gates's -- -- rock star he can and abdomen and was wow. Trip. I am I and he -- they're going this is important for America. And it's it's and it's people think it's a much bigger number -- I think we can just get the idea across that cuts. You know we know -- happening but cuts can cost lives and I would just. Appeals esteem -- -- getting pushed back when he talked to members of congress her room. But -- outrageous stuff. Happened people's. Collison an instant by this -- can -- lasting but they're getting a lot of pressure. It's really up to the people of America's -- he she was saying if if if they give them permission politicians -- do it swine. That's why is he should does this -- that -- -- the of the day and keep the channel Q did you for keep a child who lives. Keep a child in the news you should call it -- you know is why ridge product red -- and mouse and he you know apple. Today every Apple Store is going to be -- red people wearing red T shirts they like. And fifteen mean they've contributed to the -- from apple. Coke today come on board can you imagine a more American comic company they are that muhtar Kent is born -- broad -- First things he's the CEO of Coke so. You know good. Analysts -- it is good news and I think the most important thing. In the Gaza speaking about how powerful we us and -- as people and how much of a waste of we have which I think sometimes we don't. Feel I understand that we do as human beings. I think the most important thing to it to recognizes like we talk about the the beginning of the end of aids. And we speak about the fact that there are 50% of mothers -- -- about money some common room you know have a one year old things. Spectacular and I know as a mother you know when I was pregnant how worried I was about his every health. Is he going to be okay is how is he gonna feel. Is he going okay and imagine being on HIV positive mother and the weary and the concern on top of that. Not being able to have the medicine that you know would be able to save your child from being born. HIV. And that you could as a as an HIV positive woman have an HIV negative child with this with this medicine and -- treatment. And I think that it's really important to field the fact of the human face of it you know it's it's a human being a life you know. And and also the victory of the fact that if we have reached 50% of mothers who are pregnant and and have been -- to give them access to treatment if we ever to reach the other 50%. How many babies would be -- HIV. -- that was the most bittersweet. We went back to hold them back in 2000 to you were just starting. And then he treats some of the moms but it was a small you remember that. And -- has. We do news I think -- 2002. We were together in Africa and it was the look it's the look England -- India eyes I'll never forget because it's. That's the strangest look when you see somebody diagnosed HIV. And there's no treatment. Since you know. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know the B resentments but it's just now it's just acquiescence. On the news and you will is heartbreaking you know and then the medical staff would be. Because they knew it was just an accident of geography. That if you lived in Dublin or New York this was not a death sentence. And I think that sort of turned my world upside down on this news it's sort of it -- at all kinds of existential questions about whether you know our system you know globalization. You know we -- a lot of the benefits of globalization but. But we you know surely you -- their needs for some responsibilities come with that. And -- -- -- so it's been a huge challenge of people said it wouldn't happen. -- ahead at USA ID at the time for -- to say this but. He he there was a quote Africans don't have been swept. Remember -- -- -- and that figure out hey how would they be able to take their drugs. And and it genius and they hero of mine pull farmer of ours. You know in Haiti had proved actually where people are better -- following their progress that people in the asked. And -- or rather in in in new York and and government so. -- any -- -- it's a long it's been a long hard road.

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