Coronavirus: WHO says Africa will not be testing ground for COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus: WHO says Africa will not be testing ground for COVID-19 vaccine

- The director-general of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros, says Africa cannot be a testing ground for any vaccine

- Dr Tedros describes as racist comments by two French doctors who suggested that Africa should be used as a testing ground for the coronavirus vaccine

- The WHO director-general says it is a disgrace to hear scientists make that kind of remark in the 21st century

The World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned the comments by two French doctors who suggested that Africa should be used as a testing ground for the coronavirus vaccine.

The director-general of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, described the comments by the two French doctors as racist, BBC reports.

Coronavirus: WHO says Africa will not be testing ground for COVID-19 vaccine

The WHO director-general says it is a disgrace to hear scientists make that kind of remark in the 21st century
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He said Africa can't and won't be a testing ground for any vaccine. Tedros called the suggestion by the doctors a hangover from the colonial mentality.

The director-general said it was a disgrace to hear scientists make that kind of remark in the 21st Century.

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Meanwhile, a French doctor who became a subject of online ridicule for suggesting COVID-19 treatment be tested in Africa has apologised for his unsettling remarks.

Jean-Paul Mira, through his employer, Paris network of hospitals, sought forgiveness for his disdainful sentiments against the African continent.

According to US News, Mira said he was sorry to those who were hurt, shocked and felt insulted by his comments, which he made on a TV interview on Wednesday, April 1.

In another report, Fareed Zakaria, a top American journalist with CNN, has criticised the world's reactions to the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world.

In a CNN video posted on Twitter on Sunday, April 5, Zakaria, said world leaders are not cooperating enough to see to the end of the virus.

"We would not be able to get back to anything resembling normal life unless the major powers in the world are able to find a way to cooperate and manage these problems together," the journalist said.

French doctor Jean-Paul Mira apologises for suggesting COVID-19 vaccine be tested in Africa

He said while developing countries, including Nigeria, have recorded relatively lesser cases so far, there is a tendency that they could be hit hard by the disease in the coming days.

Speaking further, Zakaria said the world cannot afford to let countries like Nigeria and Iraq explode over the coronavirus pandemic.

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“If countries like Iraq and Nigeria explode, the cost in refugees, disease and terrorism would all make us wish we had tried harder to manage their fall," the American journalist noted.

The COVID-19 pandemic which started in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei province of China, has spread to over 200 countries and infected over a million people with at least 60,000 deaths. The virus does not have any vaccine or cure at the moment, though thousands of those infected, about 20% of the confirmed cases, have recovered from it.

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