Two top French doctors on live TV, Dr. Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht, were speaking on the French TV channel LCI, on Wednesday, raised the idea of testing new Coronavirus vaccines on impoverished African.
“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,” said Mira, the head of the intensive-care department at the Cochin Hospital in Paris,
Locht, a research director at France’s national health institute, Inserm, 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.”
“We will in fact think seriously about it,” he said.
In response to the outrageous statement, Ivorian professional football player, Didier Drogba and other Africans condemned their actions, saying: “Africa isn’t a testing lab.”
“I would like to vividly denounce those demeaning, false and most of all deeply racist words,” Drogba tweeted.