01 Jul 2020
Understanding coronavirus, COVID-19 and epidemics
Governments and scientists around the world have moved quickly to address the COVID-19 outbreak. We have decades of applied research that has informed our understanding of viruses, how they spread and whether they can be treated.
Since January 2020, scientists have uncovered the genetics and structure of the novel coronavirus, which has led to the acceleration of work towards a vaccine.
For information on vaccines and how they are developed, see Coronavirus: the science explained.