A special report on the continued
search for an AIDS cure will debut December 1, World AIDS Day,
exclusively on HBO. It will also be available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.
Vice Special Report: Countdown To
Zero is hosted by Vice founders and correspondents Shane Smith
and Suroosh Alvi.
“HIV is the epidemic of our modern
age,” Smith said in an HBO press release. “We're on the brink of
scientific developments that will end the disease for good – but it
isn't gone yet. Millions are still being infected every year. This
documentary is a comprehensive look at the state of HIV/AIDS today,
how far we've come in fighting it, and how far we still have to go.”
Countdown To Zero includes a new
interview with former President George W. Bush on the success of the
United States-led PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief)
initiative, and takes a look at PEPFAR in action in Rwanda with Bono,
the lead singer of U2 and co-founder of (RED) and ONE.
“Ranging from high-tech American
labs, where the DNA of HIV-positive patients is being edited to
resist the virus, to South African clinics that are participating in
the largest vaccine trial in history, Vice Special Report:
Countdown To Zero goes inside the search for the cure and a
preventative vaccine that could eliminate AIDS,” a description of
the special report states.