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Now in its fifth month, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to advance with nearly 5 million documented infections worldwide and with the US having the largest number of infections and deaths globally. The speed of the scientific response to the epidemic has been unprecedented. On January 7, Chinese investigators identified a novel coronavirus as the cause of an unusual cluster of pneumonia cases, and 5 days later the virus genetic sequence was published. By February 21, the first treatment trial had been initiated and March 18 marked the start of the first severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine trial in humans. The time from the initial viral sequencing to the first in human injection of a candidate vaccine was a record 65 days.
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Corresponding Author: Carlos del Rio, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, 49 Jesse Hill Jr Dr, FOB Room 201, Atlanta, GA 30303 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: May 22, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.9252
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr del Rio reported receiving grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. No other disclosures were reported.
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