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Les origines du SIDA (2004)

Documentary about the hypothesis that HIV may have been caused by mass vaccination against Polio, in Congo, between 1957 and 1960.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecil Fox ...
Himself (as Dr. Cecil Fox)
Simon Wain-Hobson ...
Himself (as Dr. Simon Wain-Hobson)
Joseph Vandepitte ...
Himself (as Dr. Joseph Vandepitte)
Tom Curtis ...
Himself - Rolling Stone journalist
John Martin ...
Himself - former FDA scientist
Edward Hooper ...
Himself - Author
Bill Hamilton ...
Himself - Biologist
Stanley Plotkin ...
Himself (as Dr. Stanley Plotkin)
Robin Weiss ...
Himself (as Dr. Robin Weiss)
Joseph Limbaya Mwenge ...
Himself - Camp Lindi
Baelo Alukelo ...
Himself - Camp Lindi (as Christophe Bayello)
Philippe Elebe ...
Himself - former assistant
Pierre Doupagne ...
Jacques Kanyama ...
Himself - former assistant
Amelie Ndababaye ...
Herself - Gihanga villager


From the hyphotesis of British journalist Edward Hoope, the film reopens the explosively controversial subject of the origins of AIDS, zeroing in specifically on his fiercely contested proposition that the HIV virus was first transmitted to children in the Belgian Congo via contaminated polio vaccine. Written by Anonymous

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2 May 2004 (USA)  »

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Der Ursprung von AIDS  »

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Monkey were used most places.
11 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This documentary was very well done, and argued its case very well. I would like to have seen more on the genetics behind HIV and the known versions of SIV, but there are, apparently, not that many samples of SIV from the region, and new wildlife protection laws make it difficult to get more.

However... One of the other comments here asked why HIV did not appear early in the US if all vaccines were prepared using chimps. The documentary makes it clear that:

1) Most of the polio vaccines were prepared in a monkey serum. 2) Only the OPV used in the Congo was prepared using chimp serum, and it is from chimp SIV that we got HIV. Now there are some that claim SIV became HIV through hunting, but the OPV theory seems much more plausible.

As for why it's important to know about this now... We are still using animal serums for vaccines. We could use artificial serum, but it is more costly.

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