At the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Galveston National Laboratory on the medical branch’s campus, research on SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19, is in full swing.

Projects begun and, in some cases, shut down long ago have been revived and new research is being conducted in coordination with scientists across the country to quickly, safely and efficiently develop treatment and a vaccine against the new coronavirus that has paralyzed commerce around the world and killed nearly 21,000 people as of Thursday, according to the World Health Organization.

The medical branch is home to the World Reference Center for Emerging Viruses and Arboviruses, meaning that when the novel coronavirus first emerged in the United States, it was grown in cell cultures in Galveston labs for worldwide distribution.

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