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Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

Working under Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett was a lead immunologist on the vast health agency’s hastily assembled Coronavirus Vaccines and Immunopathogenesis Team. When President Donald Trump visited the team in March 2020, Corbett delivered its presentation. Three weeks later, he declared a national emergency. She was already designing animal tests of the vaccine and devising the means for measuring its effectiveness in humans once trials began.

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