Statement of the Hypothesis that an Experimental Polio Vaccine was Origin of HIV
Contemporary Women’s Issues, September 12, 2000
Theory suggests that an experimental polio vaccine introduced in Central Africa in the 1950s may have exposed the general population to the HIV virus
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By Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times, September 12, 2000
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Tests have failed to support a theory that the worldwide AIDS epidemic was touched off because an experimental oral polio vaccine used in Africa more than 40 years ago was made from chimpanzee tissue, scientists reported yesterday in London.
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Patricia Reaney, Reuters, Philadelphia Daily News, September 12, 2000
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AIDS experts yesterday dismissed a theory about the origins of the HIV virus which suggests the disease was spread to humans through a contaminated polio vaccine used in Africa in the late 1950s.
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Origin of AIDS: Poliovaccine testing results are not the endgame!
A compilation of media reports on the testing of Wistar polio vaccine samples, by Billi Goldberg, 12 September 2000
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Nigel Hawkes, The Times (London), September 12, 2000
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NEW tests have exploded the theory that the Aids epidemic was started by a contaminated polio vaccine in Africa.
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Steve Sternberg, USA TODAY, September 12, 2000
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Tests of polio vaccine stored for nearly half a century undercut the notion that the AIDS virus leapt from monkeys to man through polio shots given to African children in the 1950s, experts said Monday.
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AIDS:Tests Fail to Link AIDS Spread, Polio Vaccine
Facts on File World News Digest, September 11, 2000
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Claudio Basilico of the New York University School of Medicine September 11 released the results of a study that had failed to link the 1950s distribution of a polio vaccine in Africa to the beginning of the spread of AIDS. The announcement was made at the Royal Society, a London research organization. The link had been suggested most recently by a 1999 book by British journalist Edward Hooper, entitled The River, which posited that the vaccine had been cultivated using tissue from chimpanzees, the animal in which many scientists believed the AIDS virus had originated.
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Mr. Hooper has presented the hypothesis that CHAT, a type 1 polio vaccine developed in the US by Dr. Koprowski, and tested there, in Europe and in the former Belgian Congo in the late 50s, was contaminated with HIV. He is not the first to present that hypothesis, and many scientists, including myself, (as I was involved in those tests) have spent a great deal of time researching the origin of the HIV viruses. During the last year, I have studied Mr. Hooper’s book and have done an extensive reconstruction of what actually happened 40 years ago, based on documents and testimony. I also did everything possible to facilitate the PCR tests on the vaccine samples conducted by Wistar.
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Press Release made available at the Royal Society discussion meeting on the origin of AIDS, 11-12 September 2000
The Year 2000 for many is just a chronological event, but for those of us in polio research the year was to mark the eradication of polio from this planet. It has been fifty years since I was the first scientist to successfully and safely immunize a human being against this dreaded killer.
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SCIENTISTS GATHER, CONSIDER IF A POLIO RESEARCHER BROUGHT THE DISEASE TO HUMANS IN THE 1950S WITH VACCINE HE MADE FROM INFECTED CHIMP TISSUE
Huntly Collins, Contra Costa Times (California), September 10, 2000
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Was a monumental effort to conquer polio, once the leading cause of physical disability, responsible for unleashing the world AIDS pandemic, which has stricken 53 million people, most of them in Africa?
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