Original title: Africa becomes the new coronary pneumonia vaccine test site? WHO: “The ‘hangover’ of this colonial thought must stop”
China and New Zealand Johannesburg, April 8th (Reporter Wang Xi) in response to the statement that “Africa can become a new coronavirus pneumonia vaccine test site”, World Health Organization Director General Tan Desai responded on the 7th that this statement is tantamount to “racist speech”, and he was shocked by it.
A few days ago, a French scientist declared that he hoped to use Africa as a test site for a new coronary pneumonia vaccine and speed up the development of the vaccine. The remarks immediately sparked including South Africa, Ethiopia and other African countries strong dissatisfaction, Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba will be through social media, he said, “Africa is not a vaccine testing laboratory, I would like to condemn those vile, false racist remarks.”
In this regard , Tan Desai refuted, “Africa cannot and will not become a testing ground for any vaccine, this colonial thought ‘hangover’ must stop.” He said that worldwide, the promotion of any vaccine will follow a legal agreement, Such remarks are doomed to have no market. “It ’s ashamed and shocking to hear such remarks in the 21st century, and it ’s even more unacceptable to hear such remarks from scientists. We condemn this remark in the strongest terms, and The world guarantees that this kind of thing will not happen. ”
Tan Desai pointed out that at the time of the epidemic, countries and regions around the world need to unite and cooperate to fight the epidemic together. Such racist remarks run counter to unity, and fighting against the epidemic will not help.
According to the latest official data from the African Union, the number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in Africa has exceeded 10,000, a total of 10075 cases, and 487 deaths. As the number of confirmed cases in Africa continues to increase, governments including South Africa, Kenya, Botswana and Mozambique have taken strict measures to try to slow the spread of the virus. In particular, South Africa, on the basis of the original 21-day “blockade order,” has already begun preparations to extend the blockade period.
The Chairman of the African Union ’s rotating presidency and South African President Ramaphosa said that African countries will work together in a positive manner under the guidance of WHO to strengthen the health infrastructure and system construction on the African continent. Help each other and firmly meet the challenge of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic. “We will truly show Africa’s confidence and ability to solve the current difficulties.”