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Coronavirus news, funding and resources for global health researchers

Transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2. Courtesy of NIAID-RML.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses in humans. However, three coronaviruses have caused more serious and fatal disease in people: SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which emerged in November 2002 and causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS); MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which emerged in 2012 and causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS); and SARS-CoV-2, which emerged in 2019 and causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) leads NIH COVID-19 basic and pre-clinical research, and NIH research to develop treatments for coronaviruses.

Fogarty grantees, trainees and fellows across geographic areas and research disciplines are helping to lead and support COVID- 19 response efforts and research activities in some low-resource countries and regions.


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Updated May 26, 2023