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Vatican lobbies for cheaper AIDS drugs

A senior Vatican official on Thursday called for public pressure on pharmaceutical companies to lower the price of drugs to fight the spread of AIDS in poor countries.

The secular media has begun to pick up on the story and is indicating that the Vatican seems to be exerting strong pressure in this matter. The Australian using different sources, including AFP, reports: "These children are dying because they have no medicine," said Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, the head of the Vatican Cor Unum council which oversees the work of Catholic Church charities.

"There needs to be public pressure put on the pharmaceutical companies to lower the prices so the victims of AIDS can receive treatment," Cordes told reporters."

Reuters – Lower AIDS drugs prices for poor -Vatican official
The Australian – Vatican wants cheaper AIDS drugs
BBC – Vatican condemns Aids drug firms

30 Jan 2004