In an 80-16 vote, the United States Senate passed legislation on Wednesday to extend and expand the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), described by Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware as "the single most significant thing the president has done." Originally passed in 2003 and set to expire this September, PEPFAR's funding will increase from $15 billion to $48 billion. The funds will be spent over the next five years on AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis prevention and treatment in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

For more information visit the PEPFAR website.

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