Two top French doctors have incurred the wrath of social media users particularly Africans after suggesting on live TV that new coronavirus vaccines be tested on them.
The doctors, Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht, were speaking on the French TV channel LCI, according to Business Insider. “If I can be provocative,” Mira said, “shouldn’t we do this study in Africa where there are no masks, no treatment, no intensive care? A bit like we did in some studies on AIDS. We tried things on prostitutes because they are highly exposed and do not protect themselves.”
Locht agreed with Mira, saying: “You are right. We are actually thinking of a parallel study in Africa to use with the same kind of approach with BCG placebos.” Locht was referring to a vaccination against tuberculosis that Inserm says has appeared to protect children against infections, particularly respiratory ones.
Mira is head of the intensive-care department at the Cochin Hospital in Paris and Locht is the research director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, known as Inserm. The footage, which was broadcast Wednesday, has sparked outrage across the globe, with many accusing the doctors of white colonial attitudes.
A few of Africa’s leading soccer players, including the former Ivorian Chelsea star Didier Drogba and the former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o, responded to the clip also condemning their their words and action.
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