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Donald Trump, ever the idiot, just said there was a cure for AIDS. There isn’t

Emma Powys Maurice June 16, 2020
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Donald Trump praised American scientists for developing a non-existent AIDS vaccine (Screenshot: The Hill)

Donald Trump has falsely suggested that American scientists have “come up with” an AIDS vaccine, which doesn’t exist.

Speaking at a press conference on police reform, the president began rambling off topic and instead hailed his own efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

He tied the fight against HIV to the fight against the coronavirus, telling reporters that American scientists working on a COVID-19 vaccine are making “tremendous progress.” He then stated that they have come up with other cures in the past, including a vaccine for AIDS.

“Before the end of the year I predict we will have a very successful vaccine, therapeutic and cure [for COVID-19],” he said.

“We’re making tremendous progress. I deal with these incredible scientists, doctors, very, very closely. I have great respect for their minds. And they have come up with things. And they’ve come up with many other cures and therapeutics over the years… They’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine…”

Perhaps realising his error, Trump appeared to immediately backtrack on this by speaking about “AIDS therapeutic” and a daily pill, an apparent reference to a variety of antiviral treatments available to people with HIV.

“They’ve come up with, or the AIDS, and the, as you know there’s various things, and now various companies are involved but the therapeutic for AIDS, AIDS was a death sentence, and now people live a life with a pill. It’s an incredible thing.”

While it is true that international AIDS researchers have developed a number of treatments for those living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, there is still no vaccine or ‘cure’ for the disease.

Trump’s false claims spread like fire on social media, with the topic trending on Twitter and drawing widespread derision online.

More: Coronavirus, Donald Trump, HIV/AIDS, Republican Party

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