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You can support further research to minimise the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus. 

To make a donation, please visit the University of Melbourne website.

What is 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. The current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019*.

Read our 101 on coronvirus here.

Read an explainer on Australia's emergency response plan for when COVID-19 local transmission occurs here.

Our work on 2019-nCoV

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 will 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.


APPRISE is supporting the international research effort to address the outbreak of COVID-19 (formerly known as 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV). APPRISE recognise the enormous amount of emerging material and aim to provide a reliable source of research links.

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