Earlier this year, Kaiser Health News discovered that an American university and group of wealthy investors - including Trump advisor Peter Thiel - had skirted U.S. safety precautions for human trials of a new herpes vaccine by taking the trials out of the country. Now information has come to light that one of the researchers vaccinated patients in a hotel room three years before moving the operation offshore, in plain violation of U.S. law.
Southern Illinois University associate professor William Halford administered the shots himself at a Holiday Inn Express and a Crowne Plaza Hotel that were a 15-minute drive from the researcher’s SIU lab. Halford injected at least eight herpes patients on four separate occasions in the summer and fall of 2013 with a virus that he created, according to emails from seven participants and interviews with one participant.
Further complicating matters, Halford did not obtain written consent from his patients:
According to the emails between Halford and the patients, and extensive interviews with a participant, Halford did not procure written informed consent as required by federal law when testing a live virus on humans.
Since Halford’s death in June, several participants who received the vaccine in 2013 and 2016 have told KHN they have informed the university about what they fear may be side effects from the vaccine.