Two French doctors have said Africa should be the first place where coronavirus vaccines are tested.
The comments which were made on live television certainly did not go down well among the black population in France causing outrage among the black natives
In an interview with a local TV channel LCI, one of the doctors named as Dr Jean-Paul Mira said “If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we do this study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatment, no resuscitation, a bit like it has been done in some studies in AIDS, where among prostitutes, we try things, because they are exposed, and they don’t protect themselves, what do you think?”
The other doctor also named as Dr Camille Locht joined the conversation saying “So you are right[…]we’re thinking in parallel to a study in Africa precisely to make this same type of approach w/ BCG [vaccine]placebo.
Ivorian football star Didier Drogba among other personalities has expressed dissatisfaction over the comments making a case that Africans are not meant for clinical trials.
Read some reactions from social media below
African leaders have a responsibility to protect their populations from those horrendous conspiracies.
May god protect us!
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) April 2, 2020
It’s 2020 in France &we still see people from Africa as subjects for experimentation.This is what normalized racism looks like.AFAIK,nobody jumped in to counter the arguments, both doctors agreed. Same, the way sex-workers are considered: like objects that can be used for tests.
— Rim-Sarah Alouane (@RimSarah) April 2, 2020
Africa as a whole hasn’t even reached 50 000 cases, but America in particular has surpassed more than 200 000 cases, yet they want to experiment the vaccine with Africa.
It doesn’t make sense!! pic.twitter.com/07Pnm6DahP
— Xolani Ngcobo (@XolaniNgcobo167) April 2, 2020
We will be looking out for you when you arrive. Please consult Pfizer for their experience with their TROVAN trial in Kano;1996 resolved 14 years later in 2010.If you can’t find them, google it. Whichever way, hide real well cos, we are on the lookout if NIGERIA is on your radar.
— Babatunde Irukera (@TundeIrukera) April 2, 2020
Unbelievable dehumanization of others’ lives.
— Bessma Momani (@b_momani) April 2, 2020
Scandalous. Africa is not a laboratory and the African people are not laboratory rats.
— Said said it. ⭐⭐ (@said_touama) April 2, 2020
People never change do they? No wonder they find it difficult to apologise or acknowledge past crimes because they would be willing to commit those crimes again at the drop of a hat
— UmmZakaria (@aiyshahaq) April 2, 2020