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MEDICAL CHIEFS UNAWARE OF REPORTED HERPES VACCINE TRIALS

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Basseterre, St.Kitts (August 31st , 2107):- St.Kitts-Nevis Chief Medical Officers Past and Present have declared that they were unaware of any Vaccine Trials taking place in the Federation.

Dr. Patrick Martin, who was Chief Medical Officer from October 1st 2004 to 16th June 2016 said Monday he was not aware of a herpes vaccine trial in St. Kitts and Nevis during that period.

Media reports in the United States state that St. Kitts and Nevis was involved in an off-shore testing of an experimental herpes vaccine from April to August in 2016.

“I was active as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) from 1st October 2004 to 16th June 2016. During the period, no vaccine trial in the Federation came to my attention,” said Dr. Martin.

The current Medical Chief Dr. Hazel Laws in a statement released from the office of the Medical Chief shared a similar sentiment when it was stated in the release that no government official or agency including the Office of the Medical Chief, the Medical Board or the Ministry of Health were ever approached about any Herpes Vaccine Trials taking place in St.Kitts.

Neither the Food and Drug Administration nor a safety panel known as an institutional review board, or IRB as well as the Medical Board, Ministry of Health and the Office of the Medical Chief  on St.Kitts  monitored the testing of the  vaccine which  creators say prevents herpes outbreaks.

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