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Who's Making Black History Today: Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

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Dr. Kizzmeikia Corbett-Hellaire
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Dr Kizzmeikia Corbett-Hellaire

The Moderna vaccine was developed by a team of scientists led by Dr. Barney Graham and his close colleague, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett. Corbett is an African American female scientist who was an expert on the front lines of the Global race for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Corbett is part of a team at NIH that worked with Moderna, the pharmaceutical company that developed one of the two mRNA vaccines . The Moderna vaccine has 94 to 95% ability to produce positive results in protecting individuals against the coronavirus.
Before Corbett took on one of the most challenging tasks of her professional career, as a student, she was selected to participate in Project SEED, a program for gifted minority students that allowed her to study chemistry in labs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and She eventually landed a full ride to the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Corbett spent her summers at laboratories and earned a summer internship at the NIH, the very place where she would be instrumental in developing a vaccine for the coronavirus. Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett will go down in history as one of the key players in developing the science that helped end the pandemic.

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