African football icons Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o have not hidden their disgruntlement by angrily hitting back at “racist and contemptuous” calls made by two French Professors on television, calling for the tests on the potential coronavirus vaccine to be carried out in Africa.
A video of the doctors’ comments was posted on Twitter by Senegalese forward Demba Ba.
“Welcome to the west, where white people believe themselves to be so superior that racism and stupidity become commonplace. TIME TO RISE,” Ba, the former Newcastle United, and Chelsea forward commented on Twitter.
There are ongoing studies on the possibility of using the BCG vaccine, which has previously been used as a vaccine for tuberculosis, as a possible preventive vaccine for the COVID-19.
“If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we do this study in Africa where there are no masks, no treatment, no resuscitation?” Professor Jean-Paul Mira, head of the intensive care unit at the Cochin Hospital in Paris, asked on French television.
“The same as for some AIDS studies where prostitutes try things because we know they are unprotected. You are right. We are currently thinking in parallel about a study in Africa to make this same type of approach with the BCG.
“There is a tender process that has gone out or is going to go out. We will seriously think about that. That doesn’t prevent us from thinking in parallel about a study in Europe and Australia,” Professor Camille Locht replied.
A furious Eto’o replied to Ba’s video on Twitter: “Sons of bitches,” the Cameroon legend wrote.
The former Barcelona and Chelsea forward went on to add, “You are SH*T. Africa isn’t yours to play with,” the four-time African Player of the Year and four-time UEFA Champions League winner, said on Instagram.
Ivorian great Didier Drogba has not also hidden his disgruntlement by calling the comments “absurd”.
The 2013 UEFA Champions League winner and two-time African Player of the Year, also advocated against the use of Africans “as guinea pigs.”
“It is inconceivable that we continue to accept this”, the Ivorian wrote on Twitter, adding, “Africa is not a laboratory. I strongly denounce these racist and contemptuous remarks!”
“Help us save lives in Africa and stop the spread of this virus which is destabilizing the whole world, instead of considering us as guinea pigs. It’s absurd!
“African leaders have the responsibility to protect their people from these heinous plots.”
Vaccines have to go through rigorous testing and development stages before they can be accepted to go into use.
As of now, scientists estimate that it could take about 18-months before a vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 can be put into widespread use.