New Study Disproves Polio Vaccine Theory


Joey G. Alarilla, Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 16, 2000

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IS the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome epidemic the result of a contaminated polio vaccine? No, according to new tests debunking this theory originally posed in the late ’80s, which has been revived by a book published last year.

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Forensic Epidemiology

Vaccine Theory of AIDS Origins Disputed at Royal Society

Jon Cohen

Science, Vol. 289, 15 September 2000, pp. 1850-1851.

LONDON, ENGLAND–For 2 days this week, the staid Royal Society hosted a spirited, sometimes raucous, meeting on the origin of the AIDS epidemic, the first such gathering ever held. At center stage was a controversial theory that a contaminated polio vaccine tested in Africa more than 40 years ago sparked the epidemic. The theory took a hit when researchers revealed that tests of old samples of the vaccine provided no supporting evidence, and the main proponent of the theory, British writer Edward Hooper, endured a verbal battering himself from several prominent scientists. But Hooper, unbowed, got in plenty of jabs of his own.

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WHO Rejects Claim That AIDS Came From Polio Vaccine

Senegal; WHO Rejects Claim That AIDS Came From Polio Vaccine

Panafrican News Agency, Africa News, September 13, 2000

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DAKAR, Senegal (PANA) – The World Health Organisation has refuted a theory that HIV, the virus which causes the incurable disease AIDS, was spread to the general population by an experimental polio vaccine used in Central Africa in the 1950s.

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Forscherstreit um Angebliche HIV-Verbreitung

Forscherstreit um angebliche HIV-Verbreitung durch Polio-Impfstoffe haelt an

OTS Originaltextservice, September 13, 2000

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Auch der Bericht einer Expertengruppe hat den Forscherstreit um die angebliche HIV-Verbreitung durch fruehe Polio-Impfstoffe nicht beendet. Wie die Wochenzeitung DIE ZEIT berichtet, hielt der britische Journalist Edward Hooper, Autor des Buchs “The River”, waehrend einer Pressekonferenz in der Royal Society in London seinen Vorwurf aufrecht, bei der Erprobung eines experimentellen Polio-Impfstoffes in Zentralafrika seien Impflinge womoeglich durch HIV-verseuchte Vakzinen infiziert worden.

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Scientists Reach no Conclusion on AIDS-Polio Vaccine Connection

By Huntly Collins, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 13, 2000

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LONDON _ The claim that the AIDS epidemic was set off by scientists at Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute during polio vaccine tests in Africa in the 1950s suffered more blows here yesterday as the Royal Society of London concluded scientific debate on the topic.

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