We came across a new video shared online where two french doctors were discussing using Africans as test subjects for potential new COVID-19 treatment on live television.
One of the Doctors, identified as Dr. Mira said in the discussion,
“If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we do the study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatment no resuscitation, a bit like it has been done in some studies in AIDS, where among prostitutes, we try things because they are exposed, and they don’t protect themselves, what do you think?”
— Oyo Gist (@oyogist) April 3, 2020
Dr. Mira is of the idea that since Africans are already exposed to the disease due to lack of adequate supply of needed medical materials, the first round of tests treatment should be conducted on the continent.
His co-speaker, Dr. Locth then spoke in agreement, when he responded, “So you are right […] we’re thinking in parallel to a study in Africa precisely to make this same type of approach with *BCG vaccine.”
“I think there is a call for tenders that was released or that will be released and I think we will indeed seriously think about that too.”
It is against the law in Europe to conduct medical testing on humans without obtaining their consent. These laws are not present in many African countries.
Many users have pointed to this as a form of racism that is still very rampant in some parts of Europe, and especially in France. The conversation was reportedly held on a live broadcast with other participants aside from the two doctors in question, however, no one objected to their ideas.
Watch the full interview in French below: