Fact Check: Did Australia recently stop producing Covid-19 vaccines?

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Quick Take

A video shows Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison publicly announcing to halt the further trials of UQ-CSL v451 Covid-19 vaccines. Referring to the video, multiple social media users have claimed that Australia has recently cancelled the production of Covid vaccines because they are triggering false-positive tests for HIV. We fact-checked and found the claim to be half true.

The Claim

A local news television channel named 7News published a Youtube video titled, “Australian coronavirus vaccine abandoned after ‘false-positive’ HIV results during trial | 7NEWS”.

Referring to the video, a Twitter user wrote,50 MILLION doses of ‘vaccine’ recalled as they triggered ‘false positives’ in HIV tests. The magnitude of this is beyond comprehension. Experiment gone very wrong!”.

Another Twitter user wrote, “If you aren’t sure yet have a listen to new data that’s been coming out”.

Another Tweet claims, “Experimental Vaccines!  They made us all Guinea pigs and are watching for data! Feel used yet?  And the makers are protected from lawsuits.  Hmmm 🤔”.

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Fact Check

Did Australia stop producing Covid-19 vaccines?

Yes. The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison did announce stopping the production of UQ-CSL v451 Covid-19 vaccines. However, the announcement is not recent as claimed by social media users. 

The YouTube video by the Australian 7News channel was released on December 11, 2020, when the vaccine was in Phase 1 of the trial. The UQ-CSL v451 Covid-19 vaccine had a fragment of HIV protein as a stabilising component and was found to trigger false positive tests for HIV. However, the CSL website has also confirmed that the subsequent routine follow-up tests showed no signs of HIV.

The manufacturers of UQ-CSL v451 Covid-19 vaccine named CSL company and the University of Queensland halted the phase two and three trials after the unfavourable result in phase 1. 

Moreover, a news coverage has also confirmed that the Australian government cancelled the order for 51 million doses after the phase 1 trial ran into difficulties.

Can Covid-19 vaccines cause HIV?

No. There is no evidence that suggests Covid vaccines cause HIV. The Healthy Indian Project (THIP) has shown that the Covid-19 vaccine cannot cause cancer or HIV here.

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