The internet is in an uproar with outrage over the suggestion made by two French doctors to use Africa as a testing ground for a potential COVID-19 vaccine. African athletes Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o condemned the racist comments by French doctor Jean-Paul Mira, head of intensive care unit at the Cochin Hospital in Paris and Professor Camile Locht, research director at Inserm. Mira said things like they should do the COVID-19 vaccine study in Africa “where there are not masks, no treatment, no resuscitation,” and “they don’t protect themselves.” Locht concurred and said they were considering a similar approach which maddened many including Drogba and Eto’o.
Soccer superstars Drogba said the suggestion was taking “African people as human guinea pigs,” adding in another tweet that “Africa isn’t a testing lab”.
In a Twitter post African soccer star Didier Drogba let the French scientists have it.
More people are speaking out against these outdated statements and practices historically used by colonial powers on vulnerable populations.
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