But he condemned what he said were suggestions by some scientists that the "testing ground" for experimental vaccines should be Africa. When we need solidarity, these kinds of racist remarks will not help.
But Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian, described the statement as "racist" and a hangover of "colonial mentality". "We condemn this in the strongest terms possible, and we assure you that this will not happen", he said.
He said "proper protocols will be followed and human beings will be treated as human beings because we are all human beings" in the course of testing any potential vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic.
David Adedeji, popularly known as Davido, it would be recalled, sharply registered his opposition to the proposal for coronavirus vaccine trial to be conducted in Africa.
Tedros also slammed the "racist" suggestions from some scientists that the vaccine for coronavirus could be tested in Africa.
Mira, head of the resuscitation department at Cochin Hospital, also said the continent should be considered because of its perceived toughness to disease outbreaks. Mr Locht then replied: "You are right". We are now thinking similarly about a study in Africa regarding the BCG vaccine. "But that will not stop us from believing in parallel to research in Europe and Australia".
"I want to apologize, ask those who have been struck, shocked, who have felt insulted by words that I have awkwardly said on LCI this week, apologize to them sincerely, because these words in no way reflect what I have been, what I have been doing on a daily basis, for 30 years now", Mira said.
France is one of the countries with higher cases of the virus and many Africans feel they are victims of racism due to the calls by the professors. "We'll follow all of the rules to check nearly any vaccine or therapeutics all around the world using the same rule, while it's in Europe, Africa or where". "Africa isn't yours to play with".
The remarks by two French doctors last week during a live TV debate have sparked wide outrage, with accusations they are treating Africans like "human guinea pigs".
Hugh Evans, chief executive officer (CEO) of Global Citizen, said at Monday's virtual press conference that April 18 is going to be a moment of global unity by connecting the world through a historic global broadcast, which will be heard or seen across major broadcast and cable networks and digital music providers.