DR. KIZZMEKIA CORBETT
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett praised as key scientist behind Covid-19 vaccine.
Doctor Kizzmekia Shanta Corbett 34,  a research fellow and scientific lead at the National Institute of Health, is on the frontlines working with a team of scientists, studying Moderna’s vaccine, one of the two COVID-19 vaccines shown to be effective by more than 90 percent.
“I want to make it clear that the work that we have been doing for so long I personally stand by it, essentially with all of my being,” said Corbett.
“Even as a graduate student she was involved in promoting science going to schools, speaking to groups that would not normally consider careers in science,” the doctor said.
De Silva says between 2009 and 2014, Corbett studied the human antibody response to viruses, specifically Dengue virus.
Corbett even traveled to Sri Lanka for several months to study that virus. Now she and her team are making history at the forefront of the novel coronavirus.
“I’m very proud, but I also knew that Kizzy would go on and do great things,” said De Silva. “She’s very levelheaded and handles pressure well.”