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Scientists step up efforts to develop coronavirus vaccine.

Scientists are now racing to develop a vaccine for a new type of coronavirus that has killed over 560 people and infected more than 28,000 others. Weeks after the virus was first detected in China's Wuhan, at least a dozen biopharmaceutical firms and academic research facilities in China, the US and others have launched programmes to find an effective vaccine. One scientist at the Imperial College in London, the UK, announced on Wednesday that his team could move towards trials on animals as early as next week and then onto humans within a matter of months. Meanwhile, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a global partnership launched in 2017 to fight new infectious diseases, said it had launched three programmes to develop vaccines and hoped to have a potential vaccine for clinal testing within 16 weeks. Experts say it took researchers more than 20 months to come up with an experimental vaccine for the virus that caused the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a deadly outbreak that also originated in China between 2002 and 2003. (Al Jazeera)

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Date:Feb 7, 2020
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