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VACCINE CO. FUNDED BY OWNER CAUGHT MEETING PEOPLE AT HOTELS
WITH HERPES VIRUS
Published: November 23, EDI?
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RT) - A us researcher aiming to develop a herpes vaccine conducted illegal trials during which he injected people in
hotel rooms and at a house on the island of st. Kitts, according to a new investigation.
William Halford, a finner associate professor at Southern Illinois University (SIU), began his "first “that” in 2013. But the
setting wasn' t a university laboratory or a room at a hospital - it was a Holiday Inn Express and a Browne Plaza Hotel
located 15 minutes away from the college, according to an investigation by Kaiser Health News.
Halford, who died of cancer in June, administered his experimental shots to at least eight herpes patients on four
different occasions in the summer and fall of 2013. The volunteers were injected with a virus he had created, according
to emails from seven participants and interviews with one participant-
In multiple email exchanges between Halford and the participants, seen by Kaiser, he asked them to send photographs
of rashes, blisters and other reactions they might have received as a result of the injections.
Halford, who was a microbiologist rather than a physician, apparently knew that his trial was a violation of us
law, as he stated the need for secrecy in one of his emails. He said it would be “suicide” if it became too public about
how he was conducting his research.
He described his methods in some of his emails, as well as the number of injections given.
Just wanted to pass along that i immunized someone with the higher dose of the vaccine on Monday, andi
attach the photos of the injection site at 48 hours to give you and everyone else an idea of what to expect-.," he wrote
in September 2013. "This individual requested that i give him two immunizations to music the effect-.. one immunization
Four days later, Halford wrote that "everyone’ s vaccines contained who million infectious units of the vaccine
stram,'' noting that the first injection of the group represented about a so to increase over what others received
in . In the same email, the microbiologist wrote that he believed the trials were important.
Saturday Sept. it definitely represents a milestone in my career,'' he wrote. "Don' t know how it will turn out, butt
undoubtedly feet like this was a teat test of the (a) safety! of the vaccine and (lo) an opportunity to see
if it has any therapeutic potential. - .i am indebted to an of you.
In an email dated October 2, 2013, Halford told a participant that his hypothesis of the injections outcome was “nothing
more than an education guess." He added that "the proof is in the pudding-.. iet’ s see it your problems with outbreaks
dial hack or not"
In addition to the trial being blatantly illegal, the microbiologist also did not obtain written informed consent from the
participants. which is required by us law when testing a live vin. is on humans. Moreover. medical researchers are not
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