Failure of HIV vaccine trial leaves 'a test gap of several years'

People pass a poster criticising the US government for reducing AIDS funding at a bus stop in Washington. Photo: AFP

The hunt for an HIV vaccine has used up US$8 billion in the past decade, and the failure of the most recent efficacy trial has delivered yet another setback to 26 years of efforts.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 3:22am

India unveils vaccine for deadly diarrhoea virus

Scientists have unveiled an affordable vaccine against Rotavirus, which kills some 100,000 children in India every year. Photo: AFP

Scientists unveiled an affordable vaccine against a deadly diarrhoea-causing virus that kills some 100,000 children in India every year on Tuesday.

Rotavirus, which causes dehydration and severe diarrhoea, is globally responsible for some 453,000 deaths annually and is particularly threatening in Africa and Asia, where access to urgent healthcare is often out of reach.

14 May 2013 - 9:52pm

Swine flu vaccine carries small risk of rare nervous disorder, research finds

Swine flu vaccine carries small risk of rare nervous disorder, research finds

Vaccination in the United States against H1N1, or swine flu, which swept the world in 2009 and 2010, carried a small but tolerable risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder that can cause muscle weakness or temporary paralysis, a new study said.

14 Mar 2013 - 3:05am

Chickenpox threat in Hong Kong as vaccine runs out

Health chief Dr Ko Wing-man

Children may be left vulnerable to chickenpox infection as the city runs short of vaccine. One supplier blamed the shortage on a sudden increase in demand and said it had been out of stock since January.

8 Mar 2013 - 9:03am 2 comments

Vaccinate men, says virologist

Young men and women should both be vaccinated to prevent cervical cancer - a women's disease - the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine said yesterday.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Doctors urge new tactic in war on rabies

Mainland authorities should vaccinate dogs instead of squandering billions of yuan on shots for humans, a top mainland rabies expert said, in comments timed to mark World Rabies Day yesterday.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Call to give strays a second chance

Hundreds of animal rights activists staged a rally to urge the government to stop putting stray animals to sleep.

Chanting slogans, about 700 protesters marched from Mong Kok to the Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) headquarters in Cheung Sha Wan on Sunday, animal welfare group Happy Animals said. The group organised the march.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am

Sick tots spark free-vaccine call

Three toddlers have suffered severe and rare complications from a common bacteria, which damaged their lungs, red blood cells and kidneys and put them in hospital for more than a month.

20 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Lead the way, Rotarians told

New president calls on all members to change the world, one positive act at a time

Rotary International begins its year of service every July, and new president William Boyd is starting the year with the call: lead the way. He wants all Rotarians to 'change the world, one positive act at a time'.

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


Q Should there be more quiet cars on KCR trains?

As a recent newspaper article revealed, Hongkongers' ears are being seriously damaged by MP3 players. The major reason is they pump up the volume to cover the noise in trains.

23 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


Q Is tearing down the Eastern Island Corridor a good idea?

The idea of tearing down the Eastern Corridor and replacing it with tunnels sounds okay. (I shudder at a thought of the traffic chaos it will create during the demolition and the construction.)

6 Jul 2004 - 12:00am


The Health Ministry reported eight new Sars cases, bringing the total to 5,316. Two deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 317.

Two staff at the Central Party School were confirmed as being infected with Sars.

Vaccines for the disease could be tested on the mainland as soon as June.

27 May 2003 - 12:00am


I refer to the report headlined 'Researchers in race against time to produce a vaccine' (South China Morning Post, February 22).

The World Health Organisation is now trying to develop a vaccine for the H5N1 virus as bird flu is considered a potential pandemic strain. However, I doubt whether this is an effective way to combat the virus.

27 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Rabies shots needed for dogs, owners told

Dog owners have been urged to have their pets vaccinated against rabies, one week after it was confirmed that a Filipino domestic helper died from the condition.

23 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Injection of reality

It is easy to quote statistics on the triple vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella in Hong Kong. Ten years ago, before the MMR vaccination was introduced, measles killed children at the rate of 100 out of every million.

The fact that it is rare today, and that no deaths have been reported in the last decade, has everything to do with the vaccination programme.

24 Aug 2001 - 12:00am