As our states and counties roll out the COVID-19 vaccines this spring, the law office would like to recognize a scientist who made it possible. Dr Kizzmekia Corbett is an immunologist and lead vaccine researcher at the National Institutes of Health Virus Research Center. She has a long name, and a longer title, but you can just call her virus slayer. She and her team predicted in 2017 that there would be a coronavirus epidemic. They did not know what kind, or when it would strike. But they explained how the virus worked and how we could fight back. You can read her paper at this link.
Her team got to work building a prototype coronavirus vaccine that would ultimately become the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Because Dr Corbett’s team had gotten a 4 year head start, they were able to begin creating the vaccine *less than 60 days* after obtaining COVID-19’s genetic code. Historically, vaccines take 15 or more years. Hear Dr Corbett describe the vaccine development process and timeline here.
As we raise our sleeves, let us all raise a glass to the lady who led the charge.