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The race for a vaccine against this virus, and the ones coming after

By Alice Park

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This article is from the issue  20200208

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When chinese researchers publicly posted the genetic sequence of the new coronavirus, scientists got busy. Nearly a dozen pharmaceutical companies launched programs to develop drugs or vaccines against the new virus, 2019-nCoV. Both are needed, but vaccines are preferable to drugs, since immunizing people against infections is the best way to prevent spread of the disease and protect entire populations. Members of the infectious-disease team at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (...
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