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South Africa Wary of Sputnik, CanSino Shots Due to HIV Risk

  • Vaccines’ vector was linked to higher HIV infections in 2007
  • South Africa has the most people of any country with HIV
Sputnik V Storage at Sheremetyevo Airport Ahead of Export
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, CanSino Biologics Inc.’s shot and other Covid-19 immunizations relying on a cold virus that’s backfired in the past should show they don’t make people more vulnerable to HIV infection before gaining approval in South Africa, the head of a local vaccine company said.

Sputnik V, CanSino’s injection and another vaccine in development from ImmunitiBio Inc. use a harmless cold germ called adenovirus type-5 to carry the genetic material of SARS-Cov-2 into patients’ cells to trigger an immune response.