Dear Friend of TAG:
As we look forward to an end of an extremely challenging year—and past four years—we reflect on the remarkable resilience and impact of TAG, even and especially in these dark times.
Despite the health, emotional, financial, political, and logistical challenges of this period, our work to end HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) has progressed, all while we expanded our focus to work tirelessly on ending a new pandemic—COVID-19 —and the incompetent, when not malevolent, response to it at all levels. As you’ll see in this year’s TAG Update, TAG secured many victories. Because of the work of TAG and our partners, a major drug company dropped several patent filings in developing countries. TAG research documented that large amounts of public funding underwrote the development of another drug, supporting activist calls for it to be priced fairly as a public good. We amplified progress in HIV cure research and applied our expertise and contacts from our long history with HIV to the COVID-19 response. We stood up for the rights of LGBTQ+, LatinX, Black, Indigenous, people of color, migrants and immigrants, and incarcerated people to access healthcare that works for all. We fought political interference in sound health policy at every level—from City Hall to the White House.
We’re excited to face the challenges the lie ahead in 2021 in the context of the incoming administration and continuing scientific advances. We’re passionately committed to keeping up the struggle and accelerating progress.
Our resilience is made possible by your support. We know these are times of deep uncertainty and trauma. If you are able to give, any amount helps us move forward the end of these epidemics. And no matter what, we thank you, we love you, and we will be working tirelessly for your health and well-being in the year to come.