Secretary 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
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.