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COVID-19 vaccine: ‘It’s a hangover from colonial mentality’ – WHO slams French doctors

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The World Health Organization, WHO, has reacted to some French doctors’ suggestion of using Africa as a test laboratory for Coronavirus vaccine.

The two French doctors, Jean Paul Mira and Camille Locht, who spoke on a live TV Interview, insisted that Africa is the best place to conduct such test as they recalled how an experimental treatment for AIDS was carried out in Africa

The statement has since triggered global outrage as some described it as racist.

Reacting, the international health agency’s chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, while speaking in a virtual news conference, described the comment as “racist” and a hangover from “colonial mentality”.

He said, ”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, whether it is in Europe, Africa or wherever.”

However, Jean Paul Mira, who is the Intensive care unit (ICU) head at the Cochin hospital in Paris, had earlier apologized for his statement after being slammed, describing his comment on using Africa as a testing ground as ‘a clumsy one.’

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