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2020 Statements

New York Increases Access to Hepatitis C Treatment for Medicaid Patients
September 21, 2020 — The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR), the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI), and the Treatment Action Group (TAG) today applauded New York State (NYS) Medicaid for removing the requirement that new patients receive prior authorization approval for hepatitis C treatment.

Public Investment in Bedaquiline Up to Five-Fold That of Johnson & Johnson
September 18, 2020 — Treatment Action Group’s independent, peer-reviewed analysis found public investment in the development of bedaquiline was up to five times that of Johnson and Johnson. This finding appears in the new PLOS ONE article, “Public Investments in the Clinical Development of Bedaquiline.”

Treatment Action Group Condemns Reported Bullying, Harassment, and Racism at Stop TB Partnership
September 13, 2020 — Treatment Action Group (TAG) strongly condemns alleged bullying, harassment, and racism directed toward staff and contractors of the Stop TB Partnership, as reported by The New York Times. As a long-term and current grantee of the Stop TB Partnership, we stand in solidarity with current and former staff and contractors…

ANEA: For Biden/Harris, A Historic Ticket Demands a Historically Ambitious Plan to End the HIV Epidemic
August 18, 2020 — On August 12, 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden finally announced his running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris. The ACT NOW: END AIDS Coalition (ANEA) has been seeking information about the Biden team’s plans to end the HIV epidemic since 2019.

Treatment Action Group Regrets NYC Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot’s Resignation
August 6, 2020 — Treatment Action Group, the New York City-based research, policy, and advocacy organization, deplores the August 4, 2020 departure of New York’s Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, MD.

Civil Rights Groups, Health Advocates, and Public Defenders Celebrate Passage of Legislation to Protect Contact Tracing Data from Law Enforcement
July 23, 2020 — TAG is one of the organizations who supports confidentiality in contact tracing and is applauding the passage of this legislation. As TAG’s State and Local Policy Director Annette Gaudino says in this statement, “There can be no effective contact tracing without trust.”

In Memoriam – The Honorable John Lewis
July 21, 2020 — Treatment Action Group (TAG) honors the titanic historic legacy and mourns the recent death of the Honorable John Lewis, U.S. Representative from the 5th Congressional district in Georgia and legendary civil rights leader.

Statement on Human Challenge Studies for COVID-19 Vaccine Development
July 17, 2020 — Two recent developments have brought renewed publicity to proposals to conduct human challenge studies to test COVID-19 vaccine candidates: an open letter from the organization 1DaySooner and media reports that Adrian Hill’s Oxford University research group is planning a challenge study, taking advantage of the lack of regulatory oversight of…

Treatment Action Group Statement on New HIV Remission Case Report at AIDS2020
July 8, 2020 — Yesterday, a widely reported presentation by Ricardo Diaz at the ongoing virtual International AIDS Conference (AIDS2020) disclosed that one out of 30 total participants in an HIV cure-related research trial conducted in Brazil has not experienced an HIV viral load rebound for a little over a year (64.7 weeks) after…

Global Health and Human Rights Organizations Say U.S. Withdrawal from WHO Is Reckless Act That Could Delay Americans’ Access to COVID-19 Solutions and Prolong Global Pandemic
July 7, 2020 — AVAC, Health GAP and the Treatment Action Group (TAG) strongly condemn the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO).

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