Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett simplifies the coronavirus vaccine
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a North Carolina native who helped develop Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, speaks about coronavirus in Orange County.
ways to make itself better. Better at doing that. So viruses must use our bodies in order to spread. So it's important to know that so that we could know how to protect ourselves and know how to allow ourselves to not be beacons of viral spread. So the first thing that we do is where mask everyone knows that where your mask for your safety and for the safety of others around you keep your distance. We like to say that 6 ft apart from each other is probably one of the best ways Thio keep ourselves from spreading virus from person to person, and the other is just being generally socially responsible. We're in a pandemic. About two people are dying every single minute in this country. Ah, large burden of those people are people in low incomes in the elderly and minority or marginalized communities. And so it is. Our duty as a community is to keep everyone safe. So with all of the variants notwithstanding, one of some of the good news is that even though these variants air really scary from a transmission perspective, many of the vaccines including the one that I helped develop with Madonna are showing that they still have some efficacy against those variants. So the next thing that we want to do in order to stop this pandemic is to ensure that we are fully well informed around the vaccines so that when the vaccines show up in our neighborhood, we're ready to take them. And so how do you become informed? Well, the first step is to remember to follow the right information. Many people feel like they have all the information in the world around these viruses and around these vaccines. But it is important for us to decipher what is truth and what is not. The next key step is to understand how these vaccines work. The vaccine that I created in collaboration with Madonna, it's called a messenger are in a back seat. I know that seems really weird because it says that we're using some genetic material to make your body better at fighting off the virus. And while it's weird for me, from a science perspective is pretty cool. So let me break it down all we're doing and we're taking a small little piece of the virus. This piece of the virus is called the spike protein. Despite protein is the one protein that I have spent the last seven years of my career studying at the N. I H. And because of the work that we've done for the last seven years, it allowed us to understand how to make a really, really good vaccine that targets that spike protein in specific. So if you think about it, if despite, protein is the protein that the virus uses to get inside the cells. If your body makes really good immune responses that are directed specifically to that protein, you can stop a virus in its tracks inside of your body. That's really cool. And the way that we're doing that is by allowing your body to become familiar with that spike protein. So we give your body just that spike protein and really safe message. Think of it like a Snapchat message, sending the message to your body to say, Hey, body, make this spite protein so that my body could so that we can build on immune response to it and then doing that with the messenger RNA. What we've shown not just with Madonna's vaccine candidate but also with fighters vaccine candidate is that you can have up to 95% efficacy. So let's talk a little bit about efficacy. So efficacy is the number that says If I particularly get the vaccine, I have blank percent less chance of getting this disease. So if you get Madonna or Fighters Vaccine, which are the two vaccines that are currently available via the federal drug administrations, what's called emergency use authorization? You have a 95% less chance of getting Cove in 19. So imagine that for you and then imagine that for everyone around you in your community. And that's the entire purpose of vaccines. The entire purpose of vaccines is to reduce the disease burden on a community level. So as you start to see more and more people getting, their vaccines will start to see hospitals being relieved. If their emergency rooms, we'll start to see less people dying of Kobe 19. And most importantly, if you're exhausted, like me of being at home, as you can see that I am, we'll start to see our lives get back to normal. So my advice to you is that you fully understand what's coming your way, not just from the virus perspective. But then also from the vaccine perspective. And as I like to say, arm your information, know exactly what you're dealing with so that it was when it's your time to say, Do I get the shot or not? You can say yes or no and be fully aware of the consequences of your actions in one way or another. These vaccines are vetted through a highly systematic process that even caused me to lose sleep at night as we were developing them. But it is a process that takes no one, um, takes nothing and no one for granted. This process is very strenuous. It is equal across all of the different vaccine candidates, and the simple questions that lie in that process are. Is the vaccine safe? And is the vaccine effective? And once you get to the point that you've answered those questions like Pfizer and Madonna, half with their vaccine candidates, you start Thio, put those vaccines into the general population. So now in the US, there are 20 or so million people that have gotten a dose of Pfizer or Madonna's vaccine. Several million that I've even gotten their second dose, including me. Some of the things that you might see our anecdotal accounts of people saying, Oh, my gosh, I got a fever. Oh, my gosh, I was so tired after getting the vaccine. And what I want you to understand is that those types of reactions are the same types of reactions that people get. For example, after a flu shot or any other vaccine is basically telling you that your body woke up and started toe produce a really, really robust immune response. This does not mean that the vaccine is unsafe. In fact, what that means is that it is doing exactly what it has south out to do. I personally got my shot last Monday, and what I felt was soreness at my injection site. I felt a little bit like I had a headache for a couple hours, and I was extremely sleepy or having fatigue. So those are the kinds of things that you can expect. But on the other side of it, what I can expect about next week when I hit that two week mark after getting my second doses that I could be free in understanding that if I come in contact with the virus that causes Cove in 19. I am greater than 90% less able to get the disease, which is extremely important as we think about the ramifications off Cove in 19, both on the short term and also on the long term. So for me, as a fellow North Carolinian to you, I hope that helped to break down some of the information that is necessary for you to make your informed decision around how to maneuver in this devastating pandemic. And without further ado, I hope you enjoy the rest of the acts Summit want to thank are, um, video department Jonathan Smith, for that presentation. And we definitely think Dr Corbett for finding time to record that video for us and share that news with the citizens of Orange County and across the triangle area. And so, um, we're not able to actually her any questions because that was pre recorded, but definitely we give her kudos for the education she provided. Uh, that was plain and simple for us to understand. And so, with that, I am going to turn over to Miss Stewart. She is our Orange County health director, and she's going to give you