Football icons criticize ‘degrading’ calls to test COVID-19 vaccines on Africans


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Former Premier League stars Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba speak out against a pair of French-based medical experts who have suggested that Africa could be a testing site for a coronavirus vaccine.

Professors Jean-Paul Mira of Cochin Hospital in Paris and Camille Locht of the French national medical research center INSERM presented the controversial idea on the French television channel La Chaine Info.

“If I can be provocative, shouldn’t this study be done in Africa?” Mira posted, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Johnson. Locht replied, “You are right. We are currently thinking in the same way of a study in Africa concerning the BCG vaccine.

Côte d’Ivoire and Chelsea legend Drogba reacted to these suggestions on Twitter, writing: “It is completely inconceivable that we should continue to warn him. Africa is not a test laboratory. “

“African leaders have a responsibility to protect their people from these horrific plots,” said Drogba. added.

Former Chelsea exhibitionist and Senegalese international Ba also criticized Mira and Locht’s ideas on Twitter, writing: “Welcome to the West. Where whites believe they are so superior that racism and stupidity are the norm. “

Triple winner of the Champions League and former Cameroonian international Eto’o replied to the tweet of his former Blues teammate, Ba, calling French medical experts “son of b——”.

African and French football communities mourned former Senegalese President Pape Diouf, who died at 68 this week after contracting the coronavirus.


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