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Australia abandons local Covid vaccine over HIV test concerns – Financial Times

Health department fears continuation of trials could damage public confidence in inoculation

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Australia has abandoned the development of a homegrown Covid-19 vaccine after several trial participants returned “false positives” for HIV.
Canberra insisted on Friday that the setback would not delay its vaccination programme and announced it had bought 31m extra doses of rival vaccines produced by AstraZeneca and Novavax.
The University of Queensland and pharmaceutical company CSL said their Covid-19 vaccine candidate would not progress to phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, owing to concerns that…

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