WHO admonishes colonial mentality on tackling COVID-19

Written by  MBC Online

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has blasted careless remarks by French doctors who were proposing vaccine trials for COVID-19 in Africa.

Ghebreyesus: 'No room for colonial mentality' Ghebreyesus: 'No room for colonial mentality'

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, said during a video conference on Monday that Africa would not be used as a testing ground for any vaccine saying, “we will follow all the rules to test any vaccine or therapeutics all over the world, using exactly the same rule.”


An excerpt from aa.com.tr highlights Ghebreyesus stand that vaccine trials need not be targeted at a particular country or race but should be done without elements of colonial mentality.


He said: “Whether it’s Europe, Africa or wherever, we will use the same protocol and the hangover of from colonial mentality has to stop. WHO will not allow this to happen.”


Head of intensive care for Paris based Cochin Hospital, Jean –Paul Mira suggested that COVID-19 trial vaccine be tested in Africa because Africans are more exposed to Coronavirus. His careless remarks received heavy criticism all over the world including WHO.


The BBC quoted Mira saying: “A bit like it is done elsewhere for some studies on Aids. In prostitutes, we try things because we know that they are highly exposed and that they do not protect themselves.”


Africans received such sentiments with a heavy heart and condemned them outright. Outspoken African celebrities condemned Miras remarks including soccer stars Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto.

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