Hillary Clinton names Ellen DeGeneres Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness

hillary-clinton-aids-ellen-degeneres.jpgSecretary of State Hillary Clinton has named talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres as the U.S. government's Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness. The announcement came Tuesday (Nov. 8) at the National Institute of Health during Clinton's address about AIDS and the HIV virus.

Clinton says of DeGeneres, "[Ellen] is going to bring not only her sharp wit and her big heart, but her impressive TV audience and more than 8 million followers on Twitter, to raise awareness and support for this effort. I know we can look forward to many contributions from Ellen and her loyal fans across the globe."

Clinton also spoke about the U.S.'s efforts to combat the global health crisis.

"We recently granted more than $50 million to three of the world's leading academic institutions to develop rigorous studies that test what works in various settings. The United States ... will commit an additional $60 million to rapidly scale up combination prevention in parts of four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and to rigorously measure the impact."

Ellen says in a statement, "I'm honored to have been chosen by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness. The fight against AIDS is something that has always been close to my heart. And I'm happy that I can use my platform to educate people and spread hope."

"Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go look up what 'envoy' means," she quips.





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