Date: 31st, August, 2017
Basseterre, ST KITTS (KYSS) — The ministry of Health has denied having approved the unethical testing of the experimental herpes vaccine. The vaccine trial took place in the federation in 2016.
Since breaking locally this week, the story has erupted into an international scandal.
According to the ministry of Health’s press release, “neither the cabinet, the ministry of Health, the office of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) nor the St. Kitts and Nevis Medical Board has ever been approached on this project. by extension, none of these agencies has approved such a venture.”
The press release continued that the ministry of Health has launched an investigation into the matter.
It also stated that Chief Medical Officer, Dr Hazel Laws, has “convened an Interim Ethics Review Committee (IERC) to vet all medical research protocols in the federation in keeping with international best practices.”
The role of the committee is to ensure that the basic ethical principles and guidelines that govern the conduct of research involving human beings are maintained at all times.