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A BLACK WOMAN IS LEADING THE CHARGE TO CREATE A VACCINE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

A Black Woman Is Leading The Charge To Create A Vaccine For The Coronavirus

Believe in Black women!

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a doctor with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is leading efforts to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Corbett’s work started in January when researchers first learned of reports of a unique illness that was similar to pneumonia. It was then that doctors at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland began hunting for a vaccine. Vaccines take a long time to develop, the process taking up to two years at times, and while they may not necessarily be helpful in the beginning of an outbreak, they can prove vital later down the line, the NY Times reports.

 The team in charge of those efforts is led by Dr. Corbett. They are currently using the template for the SARS vaccine since the Coronavirus comes from the same family, swapping genetic code to make it more palatable for the current virus in a strategy that Corbett calls “plug and play.” 

Now Corbett and her team have begun running the first human trials of the vaccine in Seattle, just 66 days after the initial viral sequence release, which she says is “a testament to rapid vaccine development for emerging diseases.” 

 

The mRNA-1273 vaccine is relying on volunteers to test. Participants will receive two doses of the vaccine that are monitored 28 days apart in an effort to see how well the medicine “stimulates an immune response to a protein on the virus's surface. Phase 1 will only test on 45 patients but the second phase of the trial will require a larger number of participants, Forbes reports.  

“Finding a safe and effective vaccine to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2 is an urgent public health priority. This Phase 1 study, launched in record speed, is an important first step toward achieving that goal,” said Anthony S. Fauci, head of the NIAID.

According to Dr. Corbett’s bio, she is “ a viral immunologist by training” whose “research interests entail elucidating mechanisms of viral pathogenesis and host immunity as they pertain to vaccine development.” In other words, she’s the right woman leading the charge.

In 2008, Corbett graduated from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences and another one in Sociology. She was also an NIH scholar and a Meyerhoff Scholar. She went on to earn her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014.

Thank you for all you’re doing Dr. Corbett and thank you to all of those working on the frontlines. 

 

Talk about Black girl magic!

 

Photo Courtesy of NIH

 

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I hope that this is not true...

  • Dr Kizzmekia Corbett has posted several controversial tweets on her social media account dating back to February
  • The immunologist, who has been dubbed a 'superstar scientist', is working with NIH to develop a coronavirus vaccine
  • In one tweet, Dr Corbett suggested that doctors would overlook black Americans if ventilators are in short supply
  • She also suggested the pandemic could be a 'genocide' for African Americans; the HHS is now investigating  
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

 The Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a review into the social media accounts of a top coronavirus researcher after she was accused of sharing controversial tweets about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett, an NIH immunologist working with the government to develop a vaccine for the contagious virus, suggested in a recent post that the pandemic could be a 'genocide' against black people. 

In a separate tweet, she implied that doctors would overlook black Americans if ventilators are in short supply, which could cause them to die. 

An HHS official told Fox News that 'career ethics officials are reviewing the matter' and taking the situation 'very seriously'. 


 

Unprofessional social media posts about government work can violate federal guidelines. 

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett, an NIH immunologist working with the government to develop a vaccine for the contagious virus, suggested in a post penned last week that the coronavirus pandemic could be a 'genocide' against black people
 

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett, an NIH immunologist working with the government to develop a vaccine for the contagious virus, suggested in a post penned last week that the coronavirus pandemic could be a 'genocide' against black people 

The Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a review into the social media accounts of a top coronavirus researcher after she was accused of writing controversial tweets about the COVID-19 pandemic -including this one shared last week
 

The Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a review into the social media accounts of a top coronavirus researcher after she was accused of writing controversial tweets about the COVID-19 pandemic -including this one shared last week

After her Twitter posts were publicized on Fox News Friday night, Dr Corbett switched her account to private. 

However, screengrabs show she has posted several other divisive comments on her Twitter page stretching back to February. 

 

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne...mNpB2quZsQOPmTKrmr80

Of course she will be punished for speaking the truth.  

Any African American/Black person of any nationality that has any intelligence already knows that if medical equipment is in short supply, it will be used to keep White people alive over keeping Black people alive.

Trump has did everything in his power to make sure that this country does not have enough PPE and medical equipment to keep people alive. So, what does that tell you?

Allowing Black people to just die without medical/respirator/ventilator [or from double or quadruple re-exposure from doctors and nurses that do not have proper, sanitary PPE], because Trump is WITHHOLDING PPE, VENTILATORS, and RESPIRATORS in the first place, just allows Trump to 'kill two birds with one stone'  where Black people are concerned.

 

Black Scientist Sets Out to Begin Testing of Antiviral Drug for COVID-19 in Upcoming Weeks

A scientist says he is two weeks away from beginning tests with an antiviral drug to fight COVID-19.

As the virus rapidly spreads within Black communities throughout the country, Dr. Donald Alcendor, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the Nashville, Tennessee, HBCU Meharry Medical College and an adjunct associate professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, says the fight is personal.

Alcendor

Dr. Donald J. Alcendor (Source: Facebook)

Statistics from states such as Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas and Louisiana provided evidence of the novel virus affecting Black communities at a disproportionate rate. The racial breakdown from the population in the CDC report was 59 percent white, 14 percent Latino and 18 percent Black. However, the report found 45 percent of hospitalized patients were white, 8 percent were Latino and 33 percent were Black.

 

“And [that disparity] makes us all at Meharry compelled to do our best,” the scientist told NBC News.

With social distancing and stay-at-home orders in place, Alcendor, who got his bachelor’s in microbiology from Southern University and Ph.D. in molecular virology from the University of California at Davis, has been able to make the antiviral drug his main focus in the global race to find a treatment.

Since the fall of 2019 pharmaceutical companies and countless scientists have been studying the virus, and since January they have been scuttling to create a drug to offset the pandemic.

In Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, a viral immunologist working with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and her team have been front-runners in the development of a vaccine.

But Alcendor, under the leadership of Meharry President James E.K. Hildreth, has taken on the task of creating a therapeutic drug. His success in researching Zika virus antivirals lends him confidence in the race to find a treatment to drastically lower the death rate caused by the virus.

Alcendor, along with Meharry Drs. Waldemar Popik and Atanu K. Khatua, were in their labs in 2016 as the Zika virus outbreak reached its peak. The group of scientists found a way to prevent replication of the genetic material from the Zika virus once it entered human cells. The team was successful in reducing the virus’ replication by 95 percent using their drug candidate. The coronavirus has a similar genetic disposition to the Zika virus, Dr. Hildreth says.

“The process is understanding how the virus gets into your system, where it goes and how it infects,” Alcendor said to NBC this week about the development of an antiviral drug. “The struggle is that it is a single strand that produces tremendous inflammation. The patient will feel like he’s drowning.”

 

Though a vaccine to prevent the virus is expected in about 18 months, Alcendor and other scientists hope to use an antiviral drug could be used to treat patients once they are infected and give their immune systems a fighting chance to work.

“You may be able to somewhat rebound in an early stage as opposed to going downhill, where you go into respiratory distress and subsequently multi-organ failure,” Alcendor told local TV station WKRN this week.

After the antiviral treatment is created Alcendor plans to move into clinical trials. If successful the treatment would then move to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration within a few months.

The name of the drug Alcendor is working on? MRCV-19, which is short for Meharry’s Response to COVID-19, an appropriate name for a project born out of a school and scientist’s desire to respond to a crisis.

 

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