Lead NIH Coronavirus Researcher Suggested Pandemic Could Be ‘Genocide’, Said Doctors Would Let Blacks Die
Gregg Re and Alex Pfeiffer, Fox News, April 21, 2020
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, who is described by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the “lead” member of the U.S. government team racing to find a coronavirus vaccine, has engaged with online theories calling the pandemic a black “genocide” and condemned what she called “systematic oppression” by white people, a review of her social media posts by “Tucker Carlson Tonight” reveals.
On Saturday, Corbett protected her tweets and prevented others from accessing them, but Fox News archived the tweets on Friday.
Late Friday, a senior Health and Human Services (HHS) official told Fox News: “HHS career ethics officials are reviewing the matter.” Fox News is told the inquiry is being taken “very seriously.” Making unprofessional social media posts about sensitive government work can violate federal ethical guidelines.
Corbett, 34, is an immunologist with the Vaccine Research Center, a division of NIAID. In her social media posts, first reported Friday by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Corbett adopts a strikingly casual and conspiratorial tone. Her Twitter biography reads: “Virology. Vaccinology. Vagina-ology. Vino-ology. My tweets are my own. My science is the world’s.”
On March 29, Corbett tweeted out a Bloomberg article about how the poor are dying at higher rates from coronavirus. In her tweet, she said that doctors would deliberately choose to deny ventilators to black Americans, leaving them to die instead.
“I tweet for the people who will die when doctors has [sic] to choose who gets the last ventilator and ultimately… who lives,” Corbett wrote. “The poor. And, while the article doesn’t explicitly say it… the black.”
Another user declared, “They hate us. This virus is a sure fire way to get rid of us without having to lift a finger.” Corbett replied: “Some have gone as far to call it genocide. I plead the fifth.”
On April 11, Corbett implied black people are “doomed.”
“I am praying that policies reflect this is [sic] multiple ways,” she wrote, referring to addressing systemic racism. “They must or we will be doomed in the next pandemic(s) too.”
Adams, the surgeon general, told a press conference last week that black Americans suffer more from obesity, diabetes, and other ailments that increase the risk of death from coronavirus.
After Adams recommended that black Americans avoid cigarettes and alcohol to project their health during the epidemic, Corbett retweeted another user’s thread saying the suggestion was “offensive because they ignore systemic racism.” That thread ended by saying, “Dr. Fauci and Dr. Adams, check your privilege. Think critically. Stop spreading harmful fallacies that support white supremacy.”
Corbett herself commented, “Pasting this thread here because it’s appropriately put. Black people are not dying more because of their behaviors. That is just a cop out to adjust accountability.”
And, in a Twitter argument last week, Corbett said that “Merit [is] defined by prejudices.” Another user responded, “So can we just dismiss anything white men are involved in because they’re intrinsically malevolent?”
Corbett’s response: “White men are not be dismissed. But the systems that they (ancestor or current) curated are.”