Africa will not be testing ground for coronavirus vaccines-WHO
London, April 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The World Health Organization has declared that Africa will not be a testing ground for vaccines as it slams two French scientists who called for coronavirus vaccines to be tested first in Africa.
The director general of the WHO, Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the calls from the French scientists as “racist”
Jean-Paul Mira, head of intensive care at Cochin hospital in Paris, said during a TV discussion that “If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we be doing this study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatments, no resuscitation?
World Health Org DG @DrTedros brands French scientists saying Coronavirus vaccine should be trialled in Africa, as racist.— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) April 6, 2020
Adds that Africa will not be a testing ground & that this ‘colonial hangover’ needs to stop pic.twitter.com/ryi8GcG0Gg
A bit like as it is done elsewhere for some studies on Aids. In prostitutes, we try things because we know that they are highly exposed and that they do not protect themselves.”
Camille Locht, head of research at the Inserm health research group agreed saying “you are right’ and added that a study in Africa was already being considered. We are in the process of thinking about a study in parallel in Africa.”
WHO chief Ghebreyesus told journalists on Monday that “Africa cannot and will not be a testing ground for any vaccine”.
He said the suggestion by the doctors was a hangover from the “colonial mentality”
The former Ethiopian health minister said “It was a disgrace, appalling, to hear during the 21st century, to hear from scientists, that kind of remark. We condemn this in the strongest terms possible, and we assure you that this will not happen.”