‘Racist, colonial mentality’: WHO chief slams suggestion to use Africa as testing ground for Covid-19 vaccine

The hangover from the colonial mentality has to stop.

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The suggestion by two French medical experts to test coronavirus vaccines in Africa is racist, appalling and a relic of colonial mentality, head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said.

Jean Paul Mira and Camille Locht brought up the issue during an appearance on the French TV channel LCI last week, pointing to the lack of masks, treatments and ventilators on the continent.

Asked about it on Monday, Tedros said he was “appalled” by the “racist remarks.”

The hangover from the colonial mentality has to stop.

Samira Sawlani

@samirasawlani

World Health Org DG @DrTedros brands French scientists saying Coronavirus vaccine should be trialled in Africa, as racist.
Adds that Africa will not be a testing ground & that this ‘colonial hangover’ needs to stop

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3 thoughts on “‘Racist, colonial mentality’: WHO chief slams suggestion to use Africa as testing ground for Covid-19 vaccine

    • Hello Andreas,

      Having somehow missed/not been aware of the bio-warfare piece, it was surprising to see the date 2014 on your article, and erased any notion that this was an only recently exposed criminal phenomenon. Our guess is you favor an unbiased (if that’s possible in these highly contentious days) international investigation to determine the source of COVID-19.

      Best wishes.

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