14th March, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Southern Illinois University (SIU) is facing a lawsuit from three individuals; two of whom have indicated that they were injected with an unauthorized herpes vaccine in St. Kitts.
The individuals are demanding compensation from SIU for alleged adverse side effects they are experiencing from the experiments.
The lawsuit, which was filed Friday in an Illinois circuit court, also alleges that the experiment violated U.S. and international laws aimed at protecting the rights of participants in human experiments.
Alan Milstein, a New Jersey lawyer representing the three participants, said his clients believe they should receive compensation not only for their medical costs but also for pain and suffering and loss of dignity.
Milstein said he is still exploring legal options against the university, which shared in the vaccine’s patent, set up a business account to collect donations for Halford’s research and promoted his work.
“My clients are anxious to ensure such unethical experimentation on human subjects is not repeated,” said Milstein.
It was in 2016 that Professor William Halford, a former researcher at SIU, injected a number of Americans with his experimental vaccine in St. Kitts without the authorization of international health organizations or safety oversight which is routinely performed by the Food and Drug Administration or an institutional review board.
Meanwhile, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is still conducting an investigation into allegations that the experiments were conducted in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Both Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris and Minister of Health, Hon. Eugene Hamilton have stated that they were not aware of the experiments nor were there aware of how the vaccines were able to pass through borders undetected.