Since the Novel Coronavirus outbreak has wreaked havoc on people across the world, doctors and scientists have been scrambling to create some form of solution to get the world back to normality. In the wake of all of this uncertainty a sister Dr Kizzmekia S Corbett has emerged as one of the leaders in the race for a solution. Dr Kizzmekia who is only aged 34 born January 26, 1986 is an American viral immunologist at the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIAID NIH) based in Bethesda, Maryland. Appointed to the VRC in 2014, she is currently the scientific lead of the VRC’s Coronavirus Team, with research efforts aimed at propelling novel coronavirus vaccines, including a COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccination has many critics within the Black community as there have been genuine reasons to distrust the medical industry due to past crimes against Black people in the past. Read books like Medical Apartheid from Harriet Washington to gain a broader understanding of these atrocities. Over time the medical industry has advanced in practices and technology and there are many Black scientists who have contributed to this industry. One person we should be aware of is Onesimus, an African slave of the influential Bostonian Puritan minister Cotton Mather, informed Mather about innocluation, a centuries-old procedure practiced throughout Africa. What is now an accepted practice in the Western medical community caused quite a controversy when Mather began using the technique and proposing it to others. Newspapers like The New England Courant posted letters to the editor from people on both sides of the issue. Anti-inoculators wrote about their vehement distrust of the method, calling into question the logic of infecting an otherwise-healthy body with the disease, no matter how minor the resulting outbreak.
To have a professional such as Dr Kizzmekia S Corbett is a major inspiration for Black people across the world to the break the narratives and to become major players in the medical industry. For those who still don’t understand the true history of the medical history I will share the following final interest facts about black females in ancient Egypt and the medical industry.
- The medical industry as we know it today owes much of its knowledge to Ancient Egypt (North East Africa)
- The medical industry still uses tools that were first invented in Ancient Egypt (North East Africa)
- Merit Ptah of Ancient Egypt has been attributed by many as being the first female physician (doctor) and she is said to have lived c 2700BC.
- Sekhemet, the ancient Egyptian ‘Goddess’ symbolised as a Lioness with a sun crown was the chief deity for doctors in Ancient Egypt.
We have people in our community who are already discrediting Dr Kizzmekia S Corbett without any evidence of foul play as they want to hold on to anti-vaccination beliefs that are unfounded. Many forget that inoculation was an African science and they are probably not familiar of the African contribution to the medical history, hence why I wrote this blog.
Dr Kizzmekia S Corbett, One Nation Education salutes you for your work, contribution and inspiration you have provided and continue to provide for the Global Black Community we call One Nation.