The Malaysian plane that was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday contained many of the world’s leading AIDS researchers en route to a conference in Melbourne, Australia. 108 researchers were reported dead yesterday, but recent news from Australian authorities suggested that the number was much lower this morning (nothing confirmed). Someone may literally have shot the cure for AIDS out of the sky. Great fucking job, humanity!!!
According to the Telegraph, delegates already gathered in Melbourne for pre-conference meetings were informed of the deaths of 108 of their colleagues after the plane was downed by a surface-to-air missile yesterday. Among the dead are World Health Organization advisor Glenn Thomas, as well as research giant and lauded humanitarian Dr. Joep Lange and his wife, Jacqueline van Tongeren, who has been researching AIDS for three decades. Dr. Lange has written more than 350 papers and spent his career fighting for access to low-cost AIDS treatment in Africa.
It’s a sad day! Our prayers are with the families of the lost ones!