Kevin Bae

Non-Social in a Socially Networked World

Get a COVID-19 vaccine with a side of HIV

Hmmmmm so you can test positive for HIV but not have it or be able to transmit it? If this is true of HIV why isn’t it also true of COVID-19?

In Australia the University of Queensland developed a vaccine for COVID-19 that uses a fragment of the HIV virus. They didn’t believe anyone would be able to test positive for HIV and swear (double pinky swear I think) that there is absolutely no health risk to people. But people did test positive. So, how can they be sure now that there is no risk of contracting HIV?

I’m not afraid of a lot of germs, viruses, and bacteria because they are everywhere. But, I really don’t want to go near HIV with a 10′ pole (3.048 meters in Australia).

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.

A source with knowledge of the clinical results said although the HIV protein fragment posed “absolutely no health risk to people”, they had identified that some trial participants who received the vaccine produced a partial antibody response to it.

Sydney Morning Herald
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