Africa has contributed extensively to France in many ways. From Ivory Coast to Cameroon, Africans have supported this European country. Yet, the legendary racism in France continues to scale exponentially. As I was returning with family after Christmas, we had a lay-over in Paris. We went to the lounge and my wife presented our Nigerian passports; quickly, the lady started struggling, bringing all kinds of new rules, etc. But knowing that we were in France, and to save my time and deal with the usual demons, I took the Nigerian passports and dropped the U.S. passports before her, and magically, she started smiling. You know what? She wished she did not have Nigerians right there for no apparent reason!
But this new one has taken the “trade” to a new level – a French researcher thinks that Africans should be the labs upon which vaccines for Covid-19 (i.e. coronavirus) should be tested on. When you hear such nonsensical statements from experts, you begin to doubt what drives this world. That statement has the potency to push many Africans to AVOID any Covid-19 vaccine if the world finally comes out with one.
Dr. Jean Paul Mira and Dr Camille Locht made provocative racist comments in the wake of Covid- 19.
On live television, Jean Paul Mira suggested Africa should be the testing ground for Covid-19 vaccines due to their vulnerabilities.
Jean Paul Mira stated, “If I could be provocative, should we not do this study in Africa where there are no masks, treatment or intensive care, a little bit like it’s done, by the way, for certain AIDS studies or with prostitutes?”
“We try things because we know that they are highly exposed and they don’t protect themselves,” he said.
Camille Locht, the research director from France’s Inserm, responded: “You are right. And by the way, we are in the process of thinking in parallel about a study in Africa ….”
Shame to Dr. Jean Paul Mira.
Sure – the current leader of France is a good friend to Africa and there are of course great people there. Yet, France and Europe seem exceedingly lost when you see how the demons of racism are still growing from stadiums to college classrooms.
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