A Hillsborough native was honored by her hometown for the role she played in developing the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. On Monday, city leaders proclaimed January 12, 2021, as Dr. Kizzmekia "Kizzy" Corbett Day. Dr. Corbett, a graduate of UNC, is the National Institute of Health's lead scientist for coronavirus vaccine research and was one of the team leads for the institute's vaccine research center that developed the Moderna vaccine.
"The town of Hillsborough has been extremely excited about your participation in developing one of our vaccines to get us past this pandemic," Mayor Jenn Weaver told Corbett. "There are so many people in this community cheering you on and proud of you."
Gov. Roy Cooper offered his gratitude toward Dr. Corbett and her work in developing the vaccine that is now available to many in North Carolina.
"A well-deserved honor for this remarkable Hillsborough native," Gov. Cooper said of the city's proclamation. "Grateful for Dr. Corbett's role in helping North Carolina and the rest of the world beat this pandemic."
Corbett said it was "absolutely amazing" to be honored by city leaders for her contributions and urged everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when it becomes available to them.
"I am honored to be recognized by my hometown for my work on COVID-19 vaccine development," Dr. Corbett wrote in response to the honor. "It goes without saying that my roots in Hillsborough, North Carolina, play an important role in the scientist I have become. This is an honor that I will hold dear for a lifetime."
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