Russia will need about $1.5bn on treatment of HIV and AIDS infected people, if it continues buying necessary medicines at market prices. This is more than the whole annual budget of the Russian Health Ministry, the UN Secretary General representative for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe declared at a news conference in Moscow today.
He noted that Russia should initiate negotiations with the world's largest pharmaceutical companies on decreasing prices of antiretroviral medicines. Another way out is to start purchasing generic medicines produced in India and China, he added. Moreover, he believes that Russia is able to produce antiretroviral medicines developed by its own pharmaceutical industry.
In his turn, Academician Vadim Pokrovsky, the head of the Russian federal center for fighting AIDS, said that Indian and Chinese antiretroviral medicines had not been certified by Russia, since legal questions of their use in Russia had not been settled yet.
If one assumes that the two people who gave the interview indeed work for Russian special services, then they acted very unprofessionally and risky
Representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the missile that shot down the passenger Boeing 777 aircraft over the Donbass on July 17, 2014, was manufactured in 1986