Maverick social commentator Agyemang Duah Eric has, in a controversial social media post, called for the testing of a COVID-19 vaccine to be tried in Ghana on our political leaders, stressing that some 50 Deputy Ministers of state will be enough sample for the testing of the vaccine and that our Members of Parliament (MPs) could willingly offer to be guinea pigs for the trial.
“I agree for the vaccine to be tested here in Ghana because this will be our only contribution to its development, we already have a suitable controlled demographics that can easily be monitored. 275 Mps, 123 ministers and about 50 deputy ministers are enough samples to test the vaccine. The Mps represent the people. They can agree to represent the population as a sample of the covid-19 vaccine trial, after all they already representing us in law making processes,” he argued in a post sighted by MyNewsGh.com.
Many Ghanaians joined other Africans to express outrage following suggestions by two French medical doctors that a repurposed vaccine for tuberculosis meant as a vaccine for the novel coronavirus could be tested in Africa.
They roundly condemned the doctors for being racist, wondering why a vaccine should be tried in Africa where the scourge of the virus has been insignificant while hard hit continents should be spared.
One of the doctors has apologised for his comment after the massive backlash.
But Mr Agyemang Duah Eric, known in social media circles for his poignant commentary on various topics, concurred with a rather tiny minority of Ghanaians who saw the suggestion for the vaccine to be tried in Africa has appropriate and non-racist.
Mr Agyemang Duah Eric explained, somewhat satirically, that trying the vaccine on our Members of Parliament could restore our lost confidence in them
“Afterwards, they will report to us the findings after their parliamentary recess. ☺️ win-win for everyone, and you know the best part? This will serve as the perfect opportunity for restoring citizens’ lost faith and confidence in our leaders,” he posited.
His comment has been widely shared on social media with many agreeing with his viewpoint and challenging the political class to accept the challenge thrown at them.