With a champagne toast, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a five-year agreement Thursday that calls for cooperative research programs to combat AIDS, drug abuse, alcoholism and polio.
Valentin Pokrovsky, president of the Soviet Academy of Medical Science and head of a five-member delegation, expressed hope that the agreement will mark the “beginning of a wonderful long road which we will travel together.”
Signing for the United States at a brief ceremony at the National Academy of Sciences was Samuel O. Thier, president of the U.S. Institute of Medicine. He said the talks leading up to the agreement were cordial, and he predicted an “extremely pleasant” experience for both sides if the current atmosphere is maintained.
The initial plans call for several joint activities in 1989, including a symposium in the United States on AIDS research and a meeting in the Soviet Union on the health effects of radiation.