The band of demonstrators who gathered Wednesday at the University of the Witwatersrand, where the trial is based, reflect long-running fears among some in Africa over testing drugs on people who don’t understand the risks. “The people chosen as volunteers for the vaccination, they look as if they’re from poor backgrounds, not qualified enough to understand” protest organizer Phapano Phasha told The Associated Press ahead of the event. “We believe they are manipulating the vulnerable.”by Geoffrey GriderJuly 2, 2020
Protesters against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial burned their face masks Wednesday as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent from Bill Gates and GAVI Alliance.
For year now, Bill Gates has been using Africa as his personal laboratory to carry out experiments on the people of the African continent. He can do this with the approval and authority of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and you could, too, if you could donate $4 billion dollars like he did. Bill Gates is the world’s largest private funding source of the WHO, and as such, he has an open door to go to Africa and do as he pleases. But Africans, thanks to social media, have gotten wise to his schemes over the years, and for the first time, have begun to openly protest Bill Gates and the GAVI Vaccine Alliance.
So the question is, what will you do when the Bill Gates vaccine comes to your town? Think it will be as easy as just saying no thank you? Guess again. Today in my town of Saint Augustine, my buddy Andy and I attempted to enter a restaurant for lunch, where we were told we would not be seated without wearing a mask. A quick look around showed me exactly zero customers wearing a mask. The hostess said that the new ordinance is that you must wear a mask as you walk to you table, then you can take it off.
How stupid is that, right? But they refused to seat us until we went back to the car, got our masks and put them on. That’s how it will be with the vaccine. Don’t have it? Can’t prove it? No entrance, no admittance, no service. This is the world we have entered into, a world where vaccines created by Bill Gates will be forced into our veins, followed by a digital ID immunity passport. Think you can stop it? You can’t. The blacks in Africa don’t want it, but they won’t be able to stop it. Bill Gates has been quietly lately, but he’s been busy. Really, really busy.BILL GATES IS BUYING, WHO WANT S A SHOT AND A CHIP?
Protest versus Africa’s 1st COVID-19 vaccine test shows fear
FROM FOX 5 NEW YORK: Anti-vaccine sentiment in Africa is “the worst I’ve ever seen,” the CEO of the GAVI vaccine alliance, Seth Berkley, told an African Union vaccine conference last week.
“In general, people in Africa know the diseases and want to protect each other,” he said. “In this case, the rumor mill has been dramatic.”
The trial that began last week in Johannesburg is part of one already underway in Britain of the vaccine developed at the University of Oxford. Some 2,000 volunteers in South Africa are expected to take part. It’s important that vaccines be tested in Africa to see how they perform in the local context, professor of vaccinology Shabir Madhi, leader of the new COVID-19 vaccine trial in South Africa, told reporters and others in a webinar Sunday.
But the band of demonstrators who gathered Wednesday at the University of the Witwatersrand, where the trial is based, reflect long-running fears among some in Africa over testing drugs on people who don’t understand the risks.
“THE PEOPLE CHOSEN AS VOLUNTEERS FOR THE VACCINATION, THEY LOOK AS IF THEY’RE FROM POOR BACKGROUNDS, NOT QUALIFIED ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND” PROTEST ORGANIZER PHAPANO PHASHA TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AHEAD OF THE EVENT. “WE BELIEVE THEY ARE MANIPULATING THE VULNERABLE.”
The activist and political commentator brought up the widely circulated remarks earlier this year by a French researcher, Jean-Paul Mira, who said, ““If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we be doing this study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatments, no resuscitation?” He compared it to some AIDS studies: “In prostitutes, we try things because we know that they are highly exposed and that they do not protect themselves.”
“THE NARRATIVE WE GOT IS OUR CONTINENT IS A DUMPING GROUND,” PHASHA SAID. FIRST ENSURE THE VACCINE WORKS ELSEWHERE BEFORE BRINGING IT TO AFRICA, SHE ADDED. FELLOW PROTESTERS SANG AND DANCED WITH BANNERS SAYING “WE NOT GUINEA PIGS” AND “NO SAFE VACCINE.”
“If you want to test, test in the areas which they call the epicenter of the world,” demonstrator Sean Goss said. It’s not clear when Africa’s first vaccine trial will begin showing results, but a worried Madhi has said the local surge in confirmed cases could mean seeing them months earlier than expected.
South Africa now has more than 151,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, the most on the African continent. Africa overall has more than 400,000 cases.