WHO condemns proposal to have Covid-19 vaccine test done in Africa.
- French doctor, Jean-Paul Mira, proposed Africa be used as a testing ground for Covid-19 vaccine
- The doctor argued the continent is incapable of fighting the virus, hence the need to be used for the test
- The remarks sparked outrage from African leaders and nationals who flocked to social media to call the doctor out for the insensitive comment
- World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom termed the proposal “a disgrace and appalling to hear it from scientists in 21st century”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called out the French scientists who suggested that the vaccine test for COVID-19 be done in Africa
The organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom termed the proposal “a disgrace and appalling to hear it from scientists in the 21st century”. Tedros maintained the WHO would not allow such a “racist” proposal to go through and would ensure proper protocol was followed in conducting vaccine tests for the virus.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom (pictured) condemned a proposal to have Africa used as a testing ground for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Africa cannot and will not be a testing ground for any vaccine. We will follow all the rules to test all therapeutics all over the world using exactly the same rule… and the hangover from the colonial mentality has to stop,” he said.
The director-general noted the remarks by the French doctor was not only racist in nature but also went against the global solidarity call in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic which has so far claimed 74 782 lives.
World Health Org DG @DrTedros brands French scientists saying Coronavirus vaccine should be trialled in Africa, as racist.
Adds that Africa will not be a testing ground & that this ‘colonial hangover’ needs to stop pic.twitter.com/ryi8GcG0Gg
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) April 6, 2020