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Tribute at Melbourne AIDS conference to commemorate dead colleagues

Reuters
Reuters
5 years ago|23 views
The flags hang at half mast in Melbourne.

This Australian city prepares to host an AIDS conference on Sunday....but it also mourns the tragic loss of some of the world's leading experts in the battle against HIV.

At least six people heading to the conference were killed, while travelling on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi co-discoverer of the HIV virus and President of the International Aids Society said a special tribute would be paid to their friends and colleagues.

PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY (IAS) PROFESSOR FRANCOISE BARRE-SINOUSSI SAYING:

(SOUNDBITE)(English) PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY (IAS) PROFESSOR FRANCOISE BARRE-SINOUSSI SAYING:

"This is a moment of deep sadness for the world. We all share in the sense of grief and loss with the friends and family of all 298 people on board of the MH17 flight that crashed over Ukraine. The International AIDS Society has confirmed the devasta

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