COVID-19: Africa Will Not Be A Testing Ground For Any Vaccine – WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus has dismissed a suggestion by some scientists that the coronavirus vaccine be tested in Africa.

This comes after two French doctors suggested trials of vaccine in Africa, on a Television debate, to see if a tuberculosis vaccine would prove effective against coronavirus.

Jean-Paul Mira, head of intensive care at Cochin hospital in Paris, said: “If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we be doing this study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatments, no resuscitation?”

Camille Locht then replied: “You are right. We are currently thinking similarly about a study in Africa regarding the BCG vaccine. There is a proposal that has gone out — or will. We will seriously consider it.”

At a press briefing on Monday, Ghebreyesus said Africa is not a testing ground for any vaccine and described such suggestions as a hangover from the “colonial mentality.”

“On the vaccines issue, there was a comment from some couple of scientists who said the testing ground for the new vaccine should be Africa.

To be honest, I was so appalled. When we need solidarity, these kinds of racist remarks will not help.

“Africa cannot and will not be a testing ground for any vaccine. We will follow all the rules to test any vaccine or therapeutics all over the world using exactly the same rule, whether it is in Europe, Africa or wherever, we will use the same protocol,”

Ghebreyesus said in the video from the press briefing which was shared on his official Twitter handle.

 



Aneta Felix

Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.


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