Two African football legends have condemned comments by two French doctors who recently suggested, in a TV discussion about medical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine, that should be used on Africans first.
Didier Drodga said that the suggestion was taking “African people as human guinea pigs,” adding in another tweet that “Africa isn’t a testing lab”:
Former Cameroonian football Samuel Eto’o called the doctors “assassins”.
The doctors’ comments were also criticised by ant-racist groups and many others commenting online.
The April 1 clip from French TV channel LCI featuring Dr Jean-Paul Mira and Dr Camille Locht has been widely shared online.
In it, Dr Mira, from Cochin hospital in Paris, proposes that a medical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine should be carried out in Africa as it had been done in studies relating to Aids:l.
Dr Camille Locht, from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), agreed with Dr Mira, saying:
“You are right, we are in the thinking of a parallel study in Africa to use this same approach with BCG placebos.”
Following the controversy, Inserm said in a statement that the video was “the subject of erroneous interpretations.”
Watch the controversial segment below:
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