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On Tuesday, 28 January, only a few days after diagnosing Victoria’s first positive novel coronavirus case, Doherty Institute scientists confirmed they had successfully grown the virus in the laboratory. The Institute was the first to grow the virus outside of China and share it with public health laboratories nationally and the World Health Organization.

This was a crucial first step in the global response to the novel coronavirus, as it allows researchers to not only validate test results, but also commence work on better diagnostic tests, treatments and a vaccine.

Our team of experts here at the Doherty Institute continue their vital work to minimise the impact of the novel coronavirus. We have clinicians treating patients in hospitals; scientists continuing to perform tests on suspected cases; epidemiologists working closely with the state and Commonwealth Governments on policy; and researchers working on antibody tests, treatments and a vaccine.