No responses from St Kitts and Nevis Government officials on two year old investigation into unethical herpes scandal

Basseterre, St Kitts, June 4, 2019 – Nearly two years after the unethical herpes scandal in St Kitts and Nevis broke around the world, local government officials still remain tight-lipped on the state of the investigation they announced will be held.
According to US media reports Tuesday, “Dr Hazel Laws, chief medical officer of St. Kitts and Nevis and other St. Kitts officials didn’t return phone messages and emails about the status of the investigation” first announced in August 2017.
The investigation was launched after international news reported that Southern Illinois University professor, William Halford, had injected people with his unauthorized herpes vaccine at a private home in St Kitts with his experimental herpes vaccine in 2016.
Rational Vaccines, the company co-founded by the former Southern Illinois University School of Medicine faculty member that was drawn into controversies over alleged ethical lapses by the company and the SIU scientist, plans to seek approval in 2021 for a U.S.-based clinical trial of a genital-herpes treatment.
Local, regional and international observers continue to be of the view that Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, was never serious when he announced the investigation on August 30, 2017.
A few months after, Prime Minister Harris began waffling when he told the National Assembly in December 2017 there is no evidence that the activity ever took place in St. Kitts.
“We have caused an investigation to be taken on that matter. The investigation has not revealed anything of what the Member for St, Christopher 2 (Hon Marcella Liburd) is saying. We cannot get off in this realm that people pass through customs, because there is no evidence of it. We don’t know. Even if the allegation is true, we don’t know because the investigation has not yet been completed,” Harris well-known for making misleading statements told Parliament in December 2017.
After the scandal broke in the American newspapers, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis said the investigation will be conducted by the St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.
The opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party was critical of placing the investigation into the hands of police, suggesting it should be carried out jointly by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, the Customs Department in the Ministry of Finance and the Immigration Department in the Ministry of National Security to unsure it is not swept under the carpet.

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