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HIV Vaccine Trial Gone Wrong

October 25, 2007

Via the Washington Post, HIV vaccine trial volunteers in South Africa are being warned that the experimental vaccine may make them *more* likely to contract HIV.

The move stems from the discovery last month that an AIDS vaccine developed by Merck & Co. might have led to more infections than it averted among study subjects in the United States and other countries. Among those who received at least two doses of the vaccine, 19 contracted HIV compared with 11 of those given placebos.


Researchers shut down the trial on the grounds that the vaccine was proving ineffective, but the surge in infection among vaccinated volunteers prompted intense scientific debate and anxiety among researchers. The failure of the Merck vaccine is the latest in a series of disappointing results for research projects aimed at curbing AIDS.

An oversight board for the trial’s U.S. activities has not decided whether to tell all participants if they received the vaccine or a placebo, and will meet on November 7th to discuss the issue.

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  1. October 27, 2007 11:33 pm

    Nobody should be surprised about this, the whole vaccine thing is such a scam and a total deprivation of rights for the third world, much of the money for these vaccines coming from American Taxpayers. The Whole “Whoops” who knew line of defense is actually quite indefensible. The vaccine manufacturers know exactly what their dope will do to the people injected with it.

    Just watch this video hosted on my blog. It is truly heinous what has been going on, all in the name of so called good health. And we should all be watching the various malaria vaccines/hyping very closely. Bill and Melinda Gates are completely on board with the whole “sterilize” the third world movement that is being rolled out right now even as I type. You would think that using a vaccine to sterilze the poor would be a crime.

    Jenny Hatch

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