February 19, 2021

Black History Month: Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

Nothing is more top of mind right now than COVID-19, which has disproportionately impacted the Black community.


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That’s why we’re proud to highlight the efforts of Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, an American viral immunologist at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, for developing the first COVID-19 vaccine.

“The vaccine you are going to be taking was developed by an African-American woman and that is just a fact.” –Dr. Anthony Fauci

“She cannot be a hidden figure,” he said. “She needs to be in textbooks. Little girls need to see her – of all races. This is what’s possible.” –Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore

It’s Black History Month, and we’re very excited to use our platform to spotlight the many contributions from people of color, ranging from creators to politicians to sports figures to social justice advocates and more. This month, keep an eye on GALE as we curate stories and highlight the changemakers who are pushing boundaries and making history happen as we speak.