Peter Thiel (of PayPal fame) a Trump advisor and supporter of die-hard Libertarian principals was reported to support a ‘non-approved, off-US-shore’ research program which trials live Herpes viruses, reported ARS Technica.
The trials are carried out by Rational Vaccines, and they have been taking place on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts “…without federal oversight or the standard human safety requirement of an institutional review board (IRB) approval”.
Herpes simplex virus is “a contagious virus that can be passed from person to person through direct contact. Children will often contract HSV-1 from early contact with an infected adult” – Healthline
$7 Million has been reported to be funded directly by Peter Thiel. Many other investors are involved in this research phase, as well. The primary founders are: Dr. William Halford and former film maker Agustin Fernandez (III). Dr. Halford has passed away in Mid-2017, and the company is being helmed by Mr. Fernandez.
The investors cite the “innovation-stifling regulations by the Food and Drug Administration”, as one of the reasons they decided to trial in virtual secrecy.
This approach by Thiel and investors has been criticized as “un-ethical”
“There’s a reason why researchers rely on these protections. People can die,” Jonathan Zenilman, chief of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center’s Infectious Diseases Division told Kaiser Health News.
Unfortunately, there has not been a peer reviewed paper published, by Rational Vaccines nor by Dr. William Halford, in regards to their vaccine research health claims.