There have been numerous scare stories about trials for a coronavirus vaccine being carried out on people in Africa.

However, scientists say that it is vital that Africans take part in these trials, arguing it could jeopardise efforts to find a vaccine that works worldwide – and not just for richer nations.

In March, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced a global “solidarity trial” looking at finding promising treatments for Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.

As there are no known cures yet, an effective vaccine would play a critical role in preventing and controlling the pandemic, the WHO says.

It would train people’s immune systems to fight the virus stopping them from becoming sick.

  • How vaccines work
  • ‘Colonial mentality’
  • Compensation pay-out
  • ‘Infodemic’
  • Decades of underfunding
  • Africa risks getting ‘locked out’

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