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HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson Interrupted by AIDS Advocates While Giving Speech in Baltimore
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on Tuesday was "briefly" interrupted by six AIDS advocates while giving a speech in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun reports. Thompson, who was delivering a luncheon address to about 1,000 health officials at an illness prevention conference, was interrupted when the protestors, who were holding posters and chanting "AIDS is an emergency, save the Global Fund," came into the tent in front of the Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The protestors were led away by security guards. Protestor Allison Dinsmore of Philadelphia said later that the group believes that the $15 billion President Bush has pledged to fight AIDS worldwide should be given to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria because channeling the money through U.S. agencies would slow the delivery of the funds. Thompson, who is chair of the Global Fund's board, said that the United States has donated half of all the money donated to the fund so far (Baltimore Sun, 4/16).
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