Harvard, Chinese Researchers to Co-op in Improving Diagnostics and Develop Novel Coronavirus Therapies

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 11:09

Researchers from Harvard and Chinese research institute will cooperate for five years to study the novel coronavirus.

According to the University press release Monday, Co-led by Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley and Zhong Nanshan — the head of an expert team within China’s National Health Commission that is investigating the outbreak — the partnership will focus on creating more accurate diagnostic tests and designing vaccines, antiviral therapies, and treatments.

Members of the group have held two video chats since its formation to begin the partnership, according to University spokesperson Jason A. Newton.

According to the press release, Daley said that the Medical School is “uniquely positioned” to bring together experts in virology, infectious diseases, structural biology, pathology, vaccine development, epidemiology, and public health for the project.

“Harnessing our science to tackle global health challenges is at the very heart of our mission as an institution dedicated to improving human health and well-being worldwide,” he said in the release.

The two research partners will share $115 million in funding from China Evergrande Group, a real estate giant and Fortune Global 500 company.

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