COVID-19 Vaccine: African Football Stars Say ‘We’re Not Guinea Pigs’

Photo: African football (soccer) legends Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba.

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”.

Photo: Twitter

In a Twitter post African soccer star Didier Drogba let the French scientists have it.

Photo: Twitter

More people are speaking out against these outdated statements and practices historically used by colonial powers on vulnerable populations.


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