Black Scientist No ‘Hidden Figure’ on Vaccine Development

Black Scientist No ‘Hidden Figure’ on Vaccine Development

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

Kizzmekia Corbett, PhD, is among the National Institutes of Health scientists working directly to develop and produce the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett

She is also an African American woman, who has been praised by top infectious disease experts for her role in the vaccine’s development. Corbett is the National Institute of Health’s lead scientist for coronavirus vaccine research.

“That vaccine was actually developed in my institute’s vaccine research center by a team of scientists led by Dr. Barney Graham and his close colleague, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, or Kizzy Corbett,” Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a National Urban League forum last week, ABC News reported.

Corbett in March was among the NIH scientists who met with President Donald Trump to discuss the coronavirus, which had not yet begun to decimate the United States. She told ABC that being part of that meeting was important for young scientists and people of color.

“I felt like it was necessary to be seen and

Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *