In a resourceful land, with an abundance of the wealth of tropical beauty, the only things that limit us and explains the dire conditions are the spineless heads of states with the backing of their western peers. There was a media frenzy and outrage when two French doctors suggested that a potential vaccine for coronavirus should first be tested on people in Africa.
The comments were made on the French television channel, LCI, during a discussion on Wednesday about COVID-19 trials set to be launched in Europe and Australia to see if the BCG tuberculosis vaccine could be used to treat the virus.
But in all honestly, despite the public outrage, and the unsympathetic apology that followed, let’s dig into the true narrative of the situation. The doctor’s comments didn’t bear any malice. It wasn’t as if he set out to the interview with a mindset of “How Can I Annoy Some Africans TOday”.
This is a normal passing casual statement. A common practice amongst western scientists and culture, that just happened to have come out at the wrong time in the wrong setting for the wrong audience. It is so natural to people of his caliber in his profession he probably had no idea it would spark outrage. And when it did, he got his fame, made an apology and it was back to business.
All the celebrities and fashionistas that exploited the situation to go viral enjoyed their 2 minutes of fame and then it was also back to business for them.
Even the alleged corrupt WHO organization that spoke out against the french doctors stated. Even the WHO Director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus put on a show as well when he stated “Africa will not be testing ground for the vaccine, says WHO”, and by doing so he executed a great media coverage enough to blur out news stories that alleged WHO was in cahoots with China.
Well it seems now the wind has blown over, Africa really is the testing grounds for the vaccines, like the alleged racist doctors recommended. And the WHO Director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is quiet. South Africa is due to begin clinical trials on Wednesday, tomorrow, of a vaccine against the coronavirus manufactured at the University of Oxford in the UK.
According to local broadcaster SABC News, about 2,000 people, aged 18-35, will participate in the trials. Half of the participants in the trials will receive the drug while the other half will receive a placebo. Popular footballer who reacted to the racist doctors stated ‘Africans Are Not Guinea Pigs’. Well maybe we are.
Here is the irony, despite Africans being used as lab rats, if the vaccine is proven effective, there will be prejudice based distribution. According to Helen Rees, the Executive Director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, the vaccine, when found, needs to be made available to all citizens of the world but conceded that there might and will have to be prioritization in the vaccine’s distribution at the initial stages.
“Obviously the richer countries and richer areas are trying to say ‘my country first and all of my citizens’ first. There is a very, very important global dialogue going on about vaccine access,” Rees told SABC News.
Just to make it clear, Rees is making an indirect point that despite Africa being used as lab rats, we will be the last to have the vaccine if proven effective.
Meanwhile, COVID Organics, the herbal drink produced by Madagascar, is proven success to all the countries that have embraced it. Central African country CHAD is set to receive 20000 doses of the remedy, whilst it’s neighboring countries turn a blind eye to it ahead of the western vaccine distribution.
UPCOMING TOP EVENTS!
Ghana’s leading fashion event Accra Fashion Week is scheduled for 7-11 December 2022 following their 5th-year celebration last year in 2021. Accra Fashion Week is a platform for African designers that can be compared to fashion weeks across the major capitals. It aims to fill the void which sees tremendous creativity and culture across the continent with the absence of an operating fashion infrastructure.
The epic event took place at Ghana Dubai in Accra, and saw models march down the steps from the Kwame Nkrumah Monument whilst being followed by a spotlight, before circulating the central fountains. Memories of the exciting night still give chills as guests revisit the experience on youtube.
However, rest assured that 2022 is going to be even more exciting with greater performances and an upgraded designer collection. FashionGHANA.com is sure to bring you the exclusives we did on www.FashionGHANA.com/TV. All last year’s shows are available to watch on youtube. Designer’s registration is ongoing on the AccraFashionWeek.org website.
As we embark on another year of celebrating African culture, our theme for 2022 is “Afrofuturism.” This term was created to explore the developing intersection of cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of history as it relates to the African Diaspora. During this year’s events, Afrochella will bring “Afrofuturism” to life through fashion, food, art and music. In 2019, the African Diaspora returned home to the continent for the “Year of Return.” This year, we will explore the endless possibilities of what “Afrofuturism” could look like in 2022 and beyond.
Afro Nation is a brand new music festival, offering a lineup packed with talent from the worlds of Afrobeats, hip hop, R&B and dancehall
Afro Nation will bring together the best artists in afrobeats, hip hop, r&b, dancehall and bashment. Expect world-class programming of live performances and DJs.
#AfroNation is an all-inclusive music and arts festival meant to celebrate and eulogize African culture across various continents, not just Africa.
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