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A San Diego laboratory made a scientific breakthrough that will likely save millions of lives in the battle against the deadly Coronavirus.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, located in Sorrento Valley, claims it created a vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. Inovio is scrambling to get the vaccine to market as the COVID-19 confirmed cases jumped to 60,000 globally.

Dr. Trevor Smith, who is the director of research and development at Inovio, said, "It's something we are trained to do, and the infrastructure is here and the expertise is in house."

Smith said Inovio scientists got to work immediately after the Chinese released the genetic sequence of the virus in January. He said the vaccine was created in just 3 hours and 15 minutes.

"We have an algorithm which we designed, and we put the DNA sequence into our algorithm and came up with the vaccine in that short amount of time."

The vaccine has been tested on mice and guinea pigs with success. It will be tested on human patients next.

Scientists hope the vaccine will give patients' immune systems instructions to mount a defense against the invading virus in the form of T-cells and antibodies.

But prior research has shown the COVID-19 virus mutates (changes) rapidly and that patients who recover can be infected with the virus again.

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The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has asked scientists to investigate whether the deadly 2019 Coronavirus was bio-engineered in a laboratory.

ABC News reports that the OSTP sent a letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, asking that scientific experts "rapidly" look into the origins of the virus.

The news comes amid reports that the virus was developed in the only level 4 biohazard lab in China.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology lab is located near the Wuhan fish and wildlife market where Chinese authorities claim the virus jumped from animal to human.

ABC News' Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton asked the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease about concerns that the coronavirus could have been engineered or deliberately released into the population in Wuhan, China.

"There's always that concern," Dr. Anthony Fauci said. "And one of the things that people are doing right now is very carefully looking at [gene] sequences to see if there's even any possibility much less likelihood that that's going on."

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The White House has good reason to be concerned that the 2019 Coronavirus may have been developed inside a laboratory.

Zerohedge.com was immediately banned from Twitter.com after publishing a detailed article describing the work of one of China's top virologists and immunology experts, Dr. Peng Zhou.

For over a decade, Peng studied the immune system of Chinese horseshoe bats, which carry some of the world's deadliest pathogens such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and Ebola, Marburg virus, and Lassa Virus.

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Peng studied bats to understand why they carried such dangerous pathogens inside them but never get sick.

Normally, SARS-like Coronavirus found in bats can not infect humans. Bat virus would have to be genetically engineered in a lab or evolve naturally in nature to infect humans.

The theory is that Peng and his team of researchers - after discovering they couldn't make the bats sick - began experimenting with bat Coronavirus to modify it to bind to human ACE2 receptor cells in the lungs to infect humans.

Zerohdege.com reports that Peng studied the STING pathway immune defenses in bats and injected the bats with genetically altered virus to overcome their pathways in order to make the bats sick. But the virus did not enter the bat cells.

Peng discovered that the combined SARS-like Coronavirus and HIV superbug could not attach to bat ACE2 receptor cells.

But the superbug was able to enter human cells via human ACE2 receptor cells.

Peng justified his research by claiming he modified the bat virus in order to develop a vaccine before the bat virus could naturally evolve to infect humans in nature.

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A prominent Chinese doctor who tried to warn fellow doctors about the deadly coronavirus has died, the hospital treating him confirmed.

Dr. Li Wenliang died after he contracted the virus from a single coronavirus patient he treated in a Wuhan hospital. He was 34.

Wuhan Central Hospital, where Li was treated in ICU, confirmed his death on Friday, Feb. 7, after initially denying reports that he died on Thursday.

On Dec. 30, Li sent a chat group message to fellow doctors warning them about seven patients who had been quarantined in a Wuhan hospital with a mysterious illness that resembled SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Within hours, the message went viral on social media, and Li was summoned to the Public Security Bureau, the BBC News reported.

"When I saw [the message] circulating online, I realized that it was out of my control and I would probably be punished," Li told CNN from his hospital bed in Wuhan.

The police demanded Li sign a document denying his claims about a new virus. Meanwhile, thousands of people contracted the illness and hundreds died before Chinese officials announced the epidemic on Jan. 8.

The Chinese government is accused of suppressing the true scale of the epidemic. The death toll has doubled in just 24 hours to 630 with over 28,000 infections worldwide. But critics say the true numbers are probably much higher.

There are 12 confirmed coronavirus cases so far in the United States.

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A Chinese tech company may have accidentally released the true numbers of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China.

The official death toll stands at 492 worldwide with over 24,000 confirmed infections globally. But according to statistics briefly posted online by Internet firm Tencent, the true statistics are astronomically higher.

On Saturday evening, Tencent published the shocking stats on its webpage titled "Epidemic Situation Tracker".

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Tencent noted that 24,000 people died from the coronavirus outbreak since late December, and 154,000 cases have been confirmed in China alone. That means the death rate is 16% - significantly higher than the death rate for the SARS virus which killed over 700 people in 2002-03.

Moments later, Tencent updated the numbers to reflect the Chinese government's official numbers for that day.

The news comes amid reports that crematoriums are operating 24 hours a day in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus.

Crematorium workers are reportedly working around the clock to burn bodies from hospitals. In one video a woman in seen crying for her mother who was cremated within minutes of her death in a hospital. The woman did not get to see her mother's body before it was taken to the crematorium.

The Chinese government has been accused of suppressing the true scale of the epidemic.

There are 11 confirmed cases so far in the United States.

The symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, and diarrhea. There is no cure, but Thailand doctors successfully treated a 70-year-old woman with AIDS and flu drugs.

The best prevention against the coronavirus and flu virus is frequent hand washing and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

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A doctor who was silenced by the Chinese government when he tried to warn other doctors about the newly discovered coronavirus has been hospitalized with the disease.

On Dec. 30, Dr. Li Wenliang sent a chat group message to fellow doctors warning them about seven patients who had been quarantined in a Wuhan hospital with a mysterious illness that resembled SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Screenshots of his warning message went viral on social media and Li was summoned to the Public Security Bureau just four days later, the BBC News reported.

"When I saw [the message] circulating online, I realized that it was out of my control and I would probably be punished," Li told CNN from his hospital bed in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus.

Li, 34, was confirmed positive for the coronavirus and hospitalized in intensive care over the weekend, despite wearing a hazmat suit and face mask while treating patients.

Li was one of several doctors targeted by police as Chinese authorities tried to suppress information related to the virus in the early days of the outbreak.

The Chinese government has been accused of suppressing the true scale of the epidemic. The death toll is 380 with over 20,000 infections in 20 countries. But critics say the true numbers are probably much higher.

There are 11 confirmed cases so far in the United States.