Unexpected side effect? Australia scraps Covid-19 vaccine development after trials lead to false positives for HIV

Australia has abandoned the development of a domestically-made coronavirus vaccine after participants in clinical trials for the jab returned false positive test results for HIV.

The drug, created by the University of Queensland (UQ) and biotech firm CSL, triggered aΒ β€œrobust” immune response to SARS-COV-2 in phase 1 trials, but it also led to some unfortunate complications involving another dangerous virus. Antibodies that were shielding participants from a Covid-19 infection were also leading to false positives on HIV tests.


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