vaccines should be tested on poor Africans
Two top French doctors said on live TV that coronavirus vaccines should be tested on poor Africans
Julian Kossoff Apr 03, 2020, 03:35 PM
- Two highly respected French doctors discussed on live television how a potential new treatment against Covid-19 should be first tested in Africa, “where there are no masks, no treatment, nor intensive care”.
- One of them, Jean-Paul Mira, even compared Africans to prostitutes who were the focus of previous Aids studies. “We tried things on prostitutes because they are highly exposed and do not protect themselves,” he said.
- Several soccer stars of African origin, including former Chelsea star Didier Drogba and former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o, tweeted their outrage at the two medics’ remarks.
A discussion between two top French doctors on live TV left viewers horrified when they proposed that Africa should become a giant laboratory for coronavirus vaccines testing because the continent lacks the resources to defend against the infections.
In the segment broadcast on the on French TV channel LCI, Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht raised the idea of testing new vaccines on impoverished African populations.
Mira is head of the intensive care department at the Cochin Hospital in Paris, while Locht is research director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM).
“If I can be provocative,” said Mira, “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, 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,” referring to vaccination against tuberculosis INSERM says has appeared to protect children against infections, particularly respiratory ones.
“We will in fact think seriously about it,” he said.
It is totally inconceivable we keep on cautioning this.
Africa isn’t a testing lab.
I would like to vividly denounce those demeaning, false and most of all deeply racists words.
Helps us save Africa with the current ongoing Covid 19 and flatten the curve. pic.twitter.com/41GIpXaIYv— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) April 2, 2020