11 December 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
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Australia had abandoned vaccination attempts after the vaccine wrongly gave some people positive HIV test results.
The project which cost the Aussie government $750 million had been scrapped, after a vaccine trial saw some participants test positive for HIV.
They have thus become the first country that has abandoned a vaccine attempt.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said Friday the trial vaccine, developed by the University of Queensland and the biotech firm CSL, "triggered an antibody response that could interfere with HIV screening."
But it must be said that after "routine follow up tests confirmed there is no HIV virus present."
To compensate for the cancellation, Australia has increased its orders of vaccines developed by AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Novavax, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said
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