Billionaire Peter Thiel’s drug company illegally testing virus on unsuspecting victims
A vaccine company, funded by billionaire PayPal founder Peter Thiel, has been caught injected the herpes virus into people, without their consent, in a hotel.
An investigation revealed that a US researcher carried out illegal testing of the herpes vaccine on unsuspecting guests at a Holiday Inn and at a house on the island of St. Kitts.
A former associate professor at Southern Illinois University (SIU), William Halford, carried out the illegal “trials” at the Holiday Inn Express and a Crowne Plaza Hotel located 15 minutes away from the campus.
Halford, who died of cancer in June, conducted the testing on behalf of his pharmaceuticals company Rational Vaccines, which is co-owned by Thiel and Hollywood filmmaker Agustín Fernández III.
On four separate occasions in the summer and fall of 2013, Halford administered his experimental shots to at least eight patients, without gaining their written consent and without them knowing what he was injecting them with.
According to emails from seven participants and interviews with one participant, the victims were injected with a virus the company had created in the lab.
This isn’t the first time the billionaire founder of PayPal Peter Thiel has been connected to controversy, as earlier this year, he admitted to drinking the blood of children in a bid to extend his own lifespan. During an interview with Inc.com’s Jeff Bercovici, Thiel admitted that he harvests young blood from teenagers to drink and infuse himself with, in a practice known as parabiosis, which he claims is the closest modern science has come to creating an anti-aging panacea.
Thiel invested millions in Rational Vaccines in a bid to take on Bill Gates who has cornered the lucrative vaccinations market.
These revelations of reckless testing were described by Halford as a “milestone in my career,” after the unknowing patients reported severe symptoms from the jabs, according to an investigation by Kaiser Health News.
RT reports: 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 makeshift 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 HSV-2 vaccine on Monday, and I 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 double the effect…one immunization per leg.”
Four days later, Halford wrote that “everyone’s vaccines contained ~150 million infectious units of the HSV-2 vaccine strain,” noting that the first injection of the group represented about a 30- to 40-fold increase over what others received in August 2013.
In the same email, the microbiologist wrote that he believed the trials were important. “Saturday Sept. 21 definitely represents a milestone in my career,” he wrote. “Don’t know how it will turn out, but I undoubtedly feel like this was a real test of the (a) safety / tolerability of the HSV-2 vaccine and (b) an opportunity to see if it has any therapeutic potential…I am indebted to all of you.”
In an email dated October 2, 2013, Halford told a participant that his hypothesis of the injection’s outcome was “nothing more than an education guess.” He added that “the proof is in the pudding…let’s see if your problems with outbreaks dial back 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 virus on humans. Moreover, medical researchers are not allowed to inject people without a physician or nurse practitioner present, Jonathan Zenilman, a doctor, an expert on sexually transmitted diseases at Johns Hopkins University, told Kaiser….