By Sarah Keane • 11 December 2020 • 11:41
AUSTRALIAN Covid-19 vaccine trial in Queensland cancelled as several participants falsely tested positive for HIV
An Australian-produced coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Queensland and Australian biotech company CSL was scrapped on Friday, December 11 after a number of trial participants returned false positives on HIV tests.
According to a statement released by CSL, even though the vaccine has a “strong safety profile,” the antibodies generated by the jab interfered with HIV diagnosis.
“Follow up tests confirmed that there is no HIV virus present, just a false positive on certain HIV tests. There is no possibility the vaccine causes infection,” the statement read.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison added that the vaccine “will no longer feature as part of the country’s vaccine plan.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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