By: Vincent Gunde
Ivory Coast and Cameroon star football strikers, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o have condemned plans to conduct a Coronavirus vaccine trial in Africa saying that the continent is not a test lab.
Pic: COVID- 19 vaccines…to be tried in Africa ….
Africa has often been used for vaccine trials because it has a high burden of infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV /Aids and Ebola virus disease .
On 2nd April, 2020, Camille Locht, Director of the Research Institute of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research( INSERM) and Jean Paul Mira, Cochin Hospital Intensive Care Service Office suggested that ongoing COVID- 19 vaccine trial should be conducted in Africa.
Drogba and Eto’o strongly condemned these humiliating and racist expressions urging African leaders to protect their citizens, indicating that it is ” disgusting” to see Africans as guinea pigs.
The two top football players urged African people to save themselves from this crazy virus that has hit the world economy and broke the population.
According to the two Medical Researchers, clinical research is important in establishing the effects of health care interventions and safety of vaccines for the prevention of diseases .
Data extracted from the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform between 22nd July, 2018 and 5th September, 2019 found that 377 clinical trials were being conducted in Africa.
Meanwhile, the USA has discovered and arrested a man who manufactured and sold the Coronavirus to China. He is Dr. Charles Lieber, Head of the Chemistry and Biology department at Harvard University in USA.