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French doctors take over to say Africans should be COVID-19 test subjects

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French doctors appeared on television and suggested that COVID-19 researchers settle in Africa and use Africans as guinea pigs for their experiments.

Citizens across Africa have expressed anger on social media after two prominent French doctors made inflammatory comments. On Wednesday, doctors Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht appeared on LCI, a French television channel. While discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, Mira, who is the head of the intensive care unit at Cochin Hospital in Paris, suggested that researchers should settle in Africa and use Africans as subjects of test.

“If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we be doing this study in Africa where there are no masks, no treatment, no intensive care? Asked Mira. “Kind of like we did in some AIDS studies. We have tried things on prostitutes because they are very exposed and do not protect themselves. Locht, who claims the title of research director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, agreed.

” You are right. We are actually thinking of a parallel study in Africa to be used with the same type of approach with BCG placebos, “added Locht, referring to vaccination against tuberculosis. Unsurprisingly, the response was swift from African citizens from all walks of life. People were not only angry, they saw the comments as a frightening vision of how the “Western world” continues to view Africans, their culture and their country as disposable. You can see an excerpt from the show above and some responses to the controversy below.

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