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French doctor apologizes for suggesting COVID-19 treatment be tested in Africa

A French doctor apologized on Friday for recommending a potential treatment for COVID-19 should be tried in Africa, after the comments started an outcry on social media.

Jean-Paul Mira, the head of the intensive care unit at the Cochin Hospital in Paris, made the comments on Wednesday during an interview on French television channel LCI with the research director of France’s national health institute, Inserm, reports CGTN

Mira said, “In the event that I could be provocative, would it be a good idea for us to not do this examination in Africa where there are no veils, treatment or serious consideration, somewhat like it’s done, coincidentally, for specific AIDS contemplates or with whores?”

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“We attempt things since we realize that they are exceptionally uncovered and they don’t ensure themselves,” he said.

In response, Camille Locht, the examination executive from France’s Inserm, reacted, “You are correct. Furthermore, coincidentally, we are contemplating an investigation in Africa – That doesn’t forestall us, in equal, from likewise considering an examination in Europe and in Australia.”


The research director, Camille Locht, was discussing the BCG tuberculosis vaccine, which is being trialled in several European countries and Australia against COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The comment which has triggered a lot of outrage in Africa, on social media, celebrity and sports stars like Didier Drogba and Eto’o has criticized the comment labeling it racist.

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“Africa isn’t a testing lab,” retired Ivory Coast soccer star, Didier Drogba, wrote on Twitter. “I would like to vividly denounce those demeaning, false and most of all deeply racist words.”

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