Coronavirus crisis inspiring ‘unprecedented’ global research effort | Times Higher Education (THE)

“The research response to Covid-19 has been faster and more globalised than during previous epidemics, experts say. Progress has been accelerated by a vast amount of open data being available online, particularly gene sequencing data posted on a website in January by a team led by Fudan University. 

Two months later, the first human clinical trials for a vaccine against Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, have begun in the US.

Karen Grépin, an associate professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), told Times Higher Education that, in her estimation, “there has never been such a rapid global collective effort to fight one disease”….”