‘We are not guinea pigs,’ say South African anti-vaccine protesters

50 people voice their concern over Africa’s first human trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine.
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Anti-vaccine protesters took to the streets in Johannesburg on Wednesday to voice their concern over Africa’s first human trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine.

Last Wednesday, the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with Oxford University rolled out South Africa’s first clinical trial, which will consist of 2 000 volunteers.

The involvement of South Africa in vaccine trials is intended to ensure the continent will have access to an affordable vaccine and not be left at the back of the queue.

About 50 people held protests at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, saying they did not want Africans to be used as guinea pigs, reflecting concerns among some on the continent over testing drugs on people who do not understand the risks.

“I’m not happy at all! I mean this feels like the 1980s all over again when the Aids pandemic just broke out in South Africa,” said 29-year-old graphic designer Tebogo Legoale.

Some of the placards carried by demonstrators read: “We are not guinea pigs.”

Twenty-nine-year-old community activist Walter Mashilo said the vaccine should be tested first on members of parliament and ministers’ children, not on poor people.

“We are clear, comrades, we don’t want this vaccine (trial),” he said, addressing the crowd.

South Africa has the highest rate of infections on the continent, with confirmed cases at over 150 000 and more than 2 600 deaths.

Traditional healers are also fighting for their medicine to be used against the virus instead of a vaccine.

“We are not going to follow a vaccine because we as healers believe that our traditional medicine is not given a chance,” said Sellwane Mokatsi, 32-year-old compliance officer, who is also part of the traditional healers’ organisation.

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Nobody is forcing anybody to take part in these trails. And how are the witch doctors going to test their snake oil?
Some people just don’t think and Mr.Legoale is supposed to be an educated person.

these people can’t comprehend what it entails to develop a vaccine…shame!

..perhaps that’s the point …this vaccine from inception is about 8 weeks, when most vaccines are 2+ years in development

And considering meningitis vaccine has shown to have terrible effects on new born’s, added to the fact that vaccine trials in India were a concern when people started keeling..(Bill had his finger in this pie)

…and that Bill Gates is suggested to have refused vaccinations on any of his children

Makes one wonder …are big Pharma really into saving lives or selling a very up marketed packaged concoction for profits only

No, it’s a real shame when people like you refer to “these people”! This clearly shows that you cannot comprehend anything beyond your ability to see things without having to resort to attack people personally, based on your very limited view of your sad life!

I would reply but it is evidently still futile to get to the other side of the Money Web self-protection system.
Not sure why they even bother with comments.

Made from old fetal part and sponsored by Gates. I’d rather not.

“made from fetal cells harvested from an aborted baby years ago”

“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed $750 million towards the manufacturing and distribution a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University.”

“I’m not happy at all! I mean this feels like the 1980s all over again when the Aids pandemic just broke out in South Africa,” said 29-year-old graphic designer Tebogo Legoale.

Please explain how this Tebogo Legoale guy is experiencing the 80’s all over again?

Posted +5 hrs ago and still being assessed?
Are you people kidding me or what?

“Covid19 kills people with underlying conditions or the elderly; poverty kills young people”
Exactly! So why not identify the vulnerable and make sure they are safe and then allow normal life to carry on for everyone else? The media and know-it-alls continue to pretend that they are blind to the increasingly obvious facts about the disease and keep banging their dustbins about meaningless test results.
The disease will not kill if you are not vulnerable, but if you are vulnerable then why does no one care about you? Because they are all too panic stricken and scared for themselves, even though they are not at risk of any serious effects.

The age group at highest risk is 39 to 59 so pensioners and under 40’s can have a ball

Depopulation Agenda…

1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

That’s a fanciful idea, but not impossible to achieve.
Let the rich pay the poor to commit suicide and more than half the world will gladly exit this life….

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