Rabat – An exchange on live television between two French doctors caused traffic on social media after they proposed testing COVID-19 vaccines on Africans because “they do not have masks, treatment, nor intensive care.”
In the footage, Jean-Paul Mira, the head of the intensive care department at the Cochin Hospital in Paris, suggested the idea of testing new coronavirus vaccines on African populations to Camille Locht, the research director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.
“If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we do this study in Africa where there are no masks, no treatment, no intensive care? A bit like we did in some studies on AIDS. We tried things on prostitutes because they are highly exposed and do not protect themselves,” Mira said.
Locht accepted with the suggestion: “You are right. We are actually thinking about leading a study in Africa… We have already launched a call for bids and we are strongly considering the idea.”
The video, taken from a talk show broadcasted on April 1 on French television channel LCI, went viral when Cameroonian football legend Samuel Eto’o shared the video on his social media page.
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“Assassins!” Eto’o commented on Twitter before sharing the video on his Facebook and Instagram pages.
More than 600,000 internet users viewed the footage and thousands shared it, denouncing the colonialist mindset of the two French doctors.
“Africa is not your playground,” Eto’o wrote in a different publication.
Following the comments, LCI took off the footage from their website and social media pages without commenting on the incident.