Prof. Dodoo apologizes again for 'offensive' comment on Ebola vaccine trial

The Chairman of the Global Vaccine Safety Initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Professor Alex Dodoo, has personally rendered an apology to parliament,  for his comments on the Ebola Vaccine trial deemed to have denigrated the august house.

His apology is the second after his lawyer told Parliament’s Privileges Committee yesterday that his client was unconditionally apologetic for his utterances.

Professor Alex Dodoo took his turn as the main witness on Thursday, alongside other witnesses.

He told the MPs it was never his objective to disregard parliament and if at any point his views on the Ebola Vaccination trial were considered an affront to the institution of Parliament and indeed to members, he duly apologizes.

The Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacology has been hauled before the House for daring to ask MPs to “shut up” if they are not informed on issues about the aborted clinical trial.

His comment got MPs angry and brought him before the privileges committee for disciplinary action to be taken against him.

On the first day of hearing, his Lawyer Yonny Kulendi, apologized profusely to the members, saying Prof. Dodoo was sorry if they felt insulted by his comments.

When the case was called Thursday, Kulendi repeated his apology.

“We apologize for the inadvertent thoughts and misrepresentations [by Prof Dodoo] which is amenable to disrespect to the House. We apologize again and again; we can’t apologize enough,” he said and even extended his apology to cover a TV3 witness who was called to testify in the case.

Prof Alex Dodoo had made specifically used the phrase “shut up” in an interview with TV3.

Shortly after asking Mr. Gabriel Bosompim, Production Manager who represented TV3 some few questions, it was time to hear from the horse’s own mouth.

Prof Dodoo in a sober mood said, “I will never at any time or point disrespect the great institution of Parliament or members.. It will be paradoxical to lambaste Parliament because I work with institutions including Parliament. I offer my sincere and unconditional apology to the Speaker and to Members for my comments.”

After his apology, sitting was adjourned by Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ebo Barton Odro.

He said the members of the committee will prepare a report and present it to the entire House for deliberation.

Other witnesses were however discharged. According to the Deputy Speaker, there was no need for their account since the key witness had apologized. 


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