- Dr. Kizzmekia “Kizzy” Corbett, a black virologist who helped develop Moderna’s vaccine, received her first dose of coronavirus today.
- Corbett told CNN she wants to rebuild trust between black Americans and medical institutions, divided by centuries of medical racism and abuse.
- Prominent in the fight against COVID-19, such as dr. Anthony Fauci and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams praised Corbett for her key role in vaccine development and the fight for medical equity.
- ‘Thank you@KizzyPhDand all the scientists, judges and study participants – especially those from minority and / or vulnerable communities – who made this moment possible, ‘Adams said when given the chance.
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Dr. Kizzmekia “Kizzy” Corbett, a viral immunologist at the National Institutes of Health’s Research Center for Vaccine, who is responsible for the co-development of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, celebrated today after receiving the first vaccine.
The 34-year-old documented the process in her Instagram story and posted an email of her appointment to receive the vaccine and a photo of her rolling up her sleeve to receive it.
“Because I made the informed choice to be vaccinated, there will be a 94.5% less risk. I will get COVID-19. And … it’s pretty cool if you ask me,” Corbett said in her Instagram story written.
Corbett and her team of scientists at the National Institutes of Health have worked diligently for the past 11 months to develop a viable vaccine in record time. In May, Corbett told CNN a vaccine could be ready for the general public by spring 2021.
Now 2.1 million Americans have received their first doses of a vaccine from either Pfizer or Moderna. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 11 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed.
However, public health experts have been warning for months that the legacy of medical racism in the US could be an obstacle to fair vaccination in the US. This is an issue that Corbett has addressed, as she tries to instill confidence in the vaccine by posting it on social media.
“This overall mistrust in the medical institution is generally something that is being emphasized now because of the dire circumstances in which we find ourselves,” Corbett told CNN. “But this is not news to me, because I am black and have a black family and have been well read about the history of injustice regarding medicine in the black community.”
Corbett wants to rebuild trust between black Americans and a medical system that discriminates against color communities
According to a Pew Research survey released on December 4, 63% of white Americans, 83% of English-speaking Asian Americans, and 61% of Latinx Americans said they would get the vaccine, only 42% of the Black Americans. receive the vaccine. A Kaiser study released on December 15 found that 35% of Black Americans say they are likely or definitely not going to receive the vaccine.
Experts, including dr. Anthony Fauci, points to centuries of racist medical abuse, from the forced sterilization of coloreds to develop birth control to the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, which caused many Black Americans to be wary of medical institutions.
Taking into account the inequality, both Pfizer and Moderna deliberately tried to increase the number of black participants in the trial phase of their vaccines, Taylor Ardrey of Insider reported earlier.
‘The first step is that scientists and doctors and vaccine developers and so on should understand that the problem of this problem is not [communities of color] and their distrust; it is up to us and our level of reliability. Confidence, especially if it has been stripped of people, must therefore be rebuilt brick-by-brick, “Corbett told CNN.
Praise for Corbett from US Leaders
Corbett’s role in vaccine development and the fight for medical equity has been praised by leading figures in US pandemic management.
In an online conversation hosted by the National Urban League, dr. Anthony Fauci praised Corbett for her work in developing the vaccine.
‘The first thing you want to say to my African-American brothers and sisters is that the vaccine you are going to take was developed by an African-American woman. And that’s just a fact, ‘Fauci said.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams thanked Corbett in a tweet showing the public his first dose of Pfizer vaccine.
‘Thank you@KizzyPhDand all the scientists, judges and study participants – especially those from minority and / or vulnerable communities – who made this moment possible, “said Adams.
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