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Protest versus Africa’s 1st COVID-19 vaccine test shows fear

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Protesters against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial have burned their face masks as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent. The CEO of the GAVI vaccine alliance says anti-vaccine sentiment in Africa is “the worst I’ve ever seen” amid misinformation and rumors. The demonstrators in Johannesburg reflect long-running fears among some in Africa over testing drugs on people who don’t understand the risks. They brought up the widely circulated remarks earlier this year by a French expert on testing in Africa that African health officials denounced as “racist” and “disgusting.”

Associated Press

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