Former Chelsea player and football legend, Didier Drogba has jumped to the defence of his Native Africa over suggestions that trials for a possible vaccine for the Coronavirus should be conducted on Africans.
The doctors, Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht made the unfortunate comments during a discussion on French television channel LCI, where they both agreed that any such study on a vaccine for the novel coronavirus be carried out in Africa as had been done for other conditions.
On the show which was aired April 1, Dr Mira from Cochin hospital in Paris, had raised the proposal and related it to similar studies on HIV/AIDS done on the continent.
“If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we be doing this study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatments, no resuscitation? A bit like it is done elsewhere for some studies on AIDS. In prostitutes, we try things because we know that they are highly exposed and that they do not protect themselves,” he proposed.
Dr Camille Locht of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), responded in agreement, saying: “You are right, we are in the thinking of a parallel study in Africa to use this same approach with BCG placebos.”
Drogba reacted angrily to the suggestion, taking to twitter to write:
“It is totally inconceivable we keep on cautioning this. Africa isn’t a testing lab. I would like to vividly denounce those demeaning, false and most of all deeply racists words. Helps us save Africa with the current ongoing Covid 19 and flatten the curve.”