The World AIDS Vaccine Day is an annual observance which is held on 18th May around the world to raises awareness about the continued need for a vaccine to prevent from HIV and AIDS. This day is also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.
History of World AIDS Vaccine Day
On May 18, 1997, President Bill Clinton gave a concept of World AIDS Vaccine Day in the commencement speech at Morgan State University. During a speech, the President asked expert doctors and scientists over the world to work for creating a vaccine for AIDS. He said that “It is only a truly effective, preventive HIV vaccine can limit and eventually eliminate the threat of AIDS.”
The World AIDS Vaccine Day is first celebrated on 18 May 1998 to commemorate the anniversary of Bill Clinton’s speech. After this, it is celebrated every year.
What do People do on this Day?
Every year to celebrate World AIDS Vaccine Day, the communities are around the world organized a variety of activities and events to raises awareness in people about the AIDS vaccine and educated all the communities in the world to educate communities to the HIV prevention and to find methods for an AIDS vaccine. Government and non-government organizations, health officials, and other individuals support this day by organizing several activities to educating people on AIDS prevention and control. Media campaigns, talk shows and other programs of this day theme are promoting this day. Radio, Television and newspaper articles also support this day to enhance people’s awareness.
World AIDS Vaccine Day aims to bring attention to the methods in which all people can play a role in controlling that disease.
Is it a Public Holiday?
The World AIDS Vaccine Day is an annual observance and not a public holiday. Public life is not affected by this day.
World AIDS Vaccine Day is celebrated to commemorate the efforts of thousands of scientists, researchers, volunteers, community workers, and health professionals. All these contributed to finding a safe and effective AIDS vaccine. It also serves as to memorialize to the international community to spend more significant financial and technological resources towards making an effective AIDS vaccine.