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Soon You'll Have a Black Woman to Thank for the COVID-19 Vaccine

There’s no better way to end women’s history month than with news of a Black female scientist doing exceptional work. Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett is leading the fight to find a vaccine for COVID-19. As the current health pandemic continues to cause death and disruption, Corbett, a viral immunologist at the National Institutes of Health, and a group of other scientists have begun clinical trials . Corbett cites McLellan Labs as co-inventors. According to Because Of Them We Can , a team of researchers began working toward finding a vaccine in January when they initially learned the virus was similar to the flu. Now, the vaccine is in its first trial stage at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. As explained in the study, the investigational vaccine, mRNA-1273, directs the body’s cells to express a protein that is hoped to trigger an immune response. It has shown promise in animals and is now being tested on its first human subjects, who will receive the...

Niki McGloster

Mar 30, 2020