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China alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan. The virus is unknown.
WHO announces they have identified a new virus named 2019-nCoV, also known as Wuhan coronavirus. It is from the CoV family, which includes SARS and the common cold.
First death linked to 2019-nCoV.
J&J initiates efforts to develop a vaccine candidate against 2019-nCoV and to broadly collaborate with others to screen a library of antiviral molecules.
WHO declares the 2019-nCoV outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).
First death linked to 2019-nCoV was reported outside of China, in the Philippines.
COVID-19 is announced as the official name of the disease caused by novel coronavirus. The virus is named SARS-CoV-2.
J&J announces collaboration with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to accelerate development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
J&J announces expanded collaboration with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to accelerate discovery of potential COVID-19 treatments.
Europe has its first major outbreak of COVID-19, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy
The first case of COVID-19 was reported in South America, marking the spread of the disease to six of seven continents.
WHO declares the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
J&J announces a $50 million commitment to support frontline health workers battling COVID-19.
J&J announces a lead vaccine candidate will move into trials and pledges to supply 1B vaccines worldwide for emergency pandemic use. BARDA and J&J commit $1B to vaccine R&D.