French doctors on television suggest Africans should be used as Human Guinea Pigs for COVID-19 Research
On Wednesday, doctors Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht appeared on LCI, a channel on French television. While discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, Mira, who is the head of the ICU at the Cochin Hospital in Paris, suggested that researchers should set up shop in Africa and use Africans as test subjects.
This is horrific. Two French doctors on live television are discussing how a potential new treatment against #covid19 should be first tested in Africa, "where are no masks, no treatment, no reanimation", "the same way experimental treatment for AIDS was done on prostitutes". https://t.co/ojYb8GnKkI
— Rim-Sarah Alouane (@RimSarah) April 2, 2020
“If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we do this study in Africa where there are no masks, no treatment, no intensive care?” Mira asked. “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.” Locht, who boasts 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 use with the same kind of approach with BCG placebos,” Locht added, reportedly referring to vaccination against tuberculosis. Unsurprisingly, the backlash was swift from African citizens from all backgrounds. People weren’t just angered, they saw the comments as a frightening take on how the “Western World” continues to view African people, their culture, and their country as disposable. You can see a clip of the broadcast above and few responses to the controversy below.
Two French doctors suggest they should conduct Covid-19 vaccine experiments in Africa because people don’t protect themselves there.
Of course, Europeans are too valuable to conduct human experiments pic.twitter.com/pXL9ynbaXs
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) April 2, 2020
As an African woman, this brought tears to my eyes.
From these French doctors, to western ideologue elites, to stakeholders at international organizations…
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) April 2, 2020
"Do not take African people as human guinea pigs," warned Drogba after French doctors' "disgusting" proposal, while Eto'o called them "sons of bitches"…https://t.co/Xs5rLixa4M
— AS English (@English_AS) April 3, 2020
DR JEAN-PAUL MIRA (president of France’s ICS): If I can be provocative, why don’t we test #COVID19 treatments in Africa…like is done for HIV or with sex workers b/c we know they are highly exposed & they don’t protect themselves?
DR CAMILLE LOCHT: You’re right. https://t.co/gUbVbwUbTE
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) April 2, 2020
African governments must pay attention to incoming threats from the West.
In times of scarcity, attacks on African bodies & our resources are justified.
These medical research French doctors are on television suggesting that Africa be where they test the coronavirus vaccine. https://t.co/kw1F8kClJX
— Doreen 🌴✨ (@DoreenGLM) April 2, 2020
Fuck those French doctors man. Fuck them.
— Dr T (@drtlaleng) April 2, 2020
" – Like it's done for HIV and with sex workers
– You're absolutely right, we're going to seriously think about it"pic.twitter.com/KAMdZWEv9E
— Rym Khadhraoui (@RymKh) April 2, 2020