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French doctor asking for new Coronavirus drug to be tested in Africa apologizes

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The French doctor who asked for a new coronavirus drug to be tested in Africa has apologized after the statement triggered a worldwide outrage.

The French doctor, Jean Paul Mira, and his colleague Camille Locht spoke on a live TV interview, insisted that Africa is the best place to conduct such test as they recalled how an experimental treatment for AIDS was carried out in Africa.

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The new coronavirus drug the doctors were discussing is during an expert chat on television is a “repurposed” tuberculosis vaccine which is currently being trialled in several European countries and Australia.

In a statement released on Friday April 3, Mira’s employer, the Paris network of hospitals quoted him saying:

“I want to present all my apologies to those who were hurt, shocked and felt insulted by the remarks that I clumsily expressed on LCI this week.”

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