Australia's billion dollar coronavirus vaccine is SCRAPPED after trial participants returned HIV false positives


Genetically Organized Robotic Technology
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Jul 6, 2006
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  • University of Queensland has abruptly ended its trials for coronavirus vaccine
  • The Australian government had secured a $1billion deal for 51 million doses
  • Deal was scrapped after participants returned false positive HIV test results
  • Government has urgently secured doses of other vaccines in development
  • Fears vaccine mishap would undermine confidence in immunisation roll-out
Australia's potential coronavirus vaccine has been scrapped after several trial participants returned false positive HIV test results.

The University of Queensland had been developing the vaccine in partnership with pharmaceutical company CSL and the government had ordered 51 million doses.

But those plans have been abruptly halted over fears the false results could damage the public's confidence in the COVID-19 vaccination program.
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Genetically Organized Robotic Technology
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Jul 6, 2006
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Why has the UQ/CSL vaccine been scrapped and what happens now?
What went wrong with the vaccine?
The trials were abandoned after some participants returned false positive results for another illness - HIV.
CSL said the false positives were caused by so-called 'molecular clamp' antibodies. There were no serious adverse events or safety concerns.
There is no possibility the vaccine gave people HIV but the trial was scrapped to keep public confidence in the other vaccines.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy said the vaccine was likely to have worked but 'we didn't want to have any issues with confidence.'


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Sep 1, 2003
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They’ll be fine without it, all they gotta do now is enjoy their mainly Covid free lifestyle and summer and then get vaccines in a few months. Meanwhile in MErica....
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No good sir, I'm on the level.
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Oct 27, 2004
>The UQ vaccine candidate used a protein and adjuvant platform, containing the COVID-19 spike protein and a "molecular clamp". A small component is derived from the human immunodeficiency virus, known as HIV, that is not able to infect people or replicate.

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