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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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Wall Street's Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 600 points on Friday amid global coronavirus fears as the death toll jumped to 213 cases in China and nearly 10,000 infections in 18 countries.

The S&P 500 was down 58 points (-1.77%) as stocks tumbled at the close of trading on Friday. Panicked investors dumped shares as the virus outbreak threatened China's economy. China is the world's 2nd largest economy.

Currently there are 6 confirmed coronavirus cases and 168 cases under investigation in the United States. "We are facing an unprecedented health threat," said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

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The new coronavirus is a SARS-type virus that causes inflammation and swelling in the tiny air sacs in the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe. The cause of death is multiple internal organ failure.

The White House issued a federal mandatory quarantine of 14 days for 195 American evacuees from China. They are currently being held under quarantine at a military base in California after arriving on a chartered plane from Wuhan this week.

The White House also declared the coronavirus outbreak as public health emergency in the US.

President Trump issued an executive order that will block all foreign nationals from entering the US, except for the immediate family of US citizens or permanent residents. The travel ban will begin at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

All flights returning to the US from anywhere in China will be routed through seven airports, including JFK in NY, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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China admits it was slow to react to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The death toll has climbed to at least 213 amid claims that officials are hiding the true death toll by cremating bodies.

Crematorium employees are working overtime as it was revealed that bodies are being sent from hospitals without recording the actual numbers of dead in the official record.

More than 50 million people have been quarantined in and around Wuhan, where the first case of the virus was reported. The virus has spread around the world with nearly 10,000 people infected.

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The first cases were confirmed in Britain and six confirmed cases in the United States includes the first person-to-person transmission in Chicago.

President Trump announced the U.S. is ready to cope with the killer virus. But CDC officials worry that the official figures are "way too low."

The confirmed cases of infection exceeds 8,096 cases from SARS, a similar virus outbreak that killed 774 people in more than two dozen countries in 2002-03.

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The Chinese government forced a TV host to apologize for popularizing the consumption of cooked bats after the wild animals were linked to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Bat soup is a delicacy in some areas of China. Bats were among the wild animals illegally sold at a wholesale fish market in Wuhan, China where the first case of the virus was identified earlier this month.

The new coronavirus has killed 56 people - including a doctor - in China and sickened thousands more. Some figures estimate that up to 90,000 people are infected with the virus in China.

The woman hosted a TV show called Beauty Eats Bats which originally launched in 2016. In video clips from the show, the woman displays a cooked bat to the camera. She tears the bat apart with her fingers and marinates the meat in soy sauce before eating it.

In a new video clip the host apologized profusely to her viewers for encouraging the consumption of bats. She urged her viewers to wash their hands often - the recommended way to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Chinese government has closed 14 cities and canceled air travel and public transportation. The government came under fire for initially lying about the scale of the infection.

Construction workers are rushing to build 2 new hospitals in Wuhan with 2,000 beds to cope with the outbreak. One of the hospitals will open its doors on Feb. 3.

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500 construction workers operating hundreds of heavy machinery are working day and night to build a 1,000-bed coronavirus hospital in just 7 days to cope with the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.

The six-acres of dirt will be the site of a new 1,000-bed hospital just one week from now. The hospital is expected to open on February 3.

Experts warn that 350,000 people will be infected with the deadly coronavirus in the city of Wuhan alone.

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The hospital will comprise of multiple buildings made out of pre-fabricated components and shipping containers that will be assembled in place on the site.

The facility is of the utmost urgency as coronavirus cases quadruple every day.

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Aerial photos show workers driving dozens of excavators while hundreds of dump trucks line up at the construction site of an emergency field hospital in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The Wuhan coronavirus has killed 26 people and infected nearly 10,000 more around the world so far this month, dailymail.com reported.

Airport officials are screening arriving travelers for fevers in Los Angeles, Washington state, New York, Washington D.C. and Atlanta.

The virus, which leaped from fish or animals to humans, is linked to a wholesale fish market miles from the Wuhan laboratory.

The contagion is easily spread through close contact with infected persons and through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The virus replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system, causing inflammation and swelling in lung tissue, making it difficult for the patient to breathe. The cause of death is usually organ failure.

Symptoms include a fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, headache and sore throat.

China has locked down 14 cities, canceled public transportation and closed roads in and out of cities to stop the spread of the virus.

A woman bragged on social media that she had a fever but she took medication to cheat screeners at an airport in Wuhan so she could leave the city. The woman was tracked down in Paris, France by health officials. She tested negative for the virus.

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Doctors in Chicago confirmed a coronavirus case there. Doctors say a woman who recently returned to the U.S. from Wuhan, China called ahead to a clinic in Chicago to say she had symptoms.

Tests confirmed the woman was infected with the deadly SARS-like virus. The news comes as China shut down 17 cities and canceled public transportation while closing roads to prevent the spread of the virus.

Early reports claimed the mysterious pneumonia-type virus leaped from fish and animals to humans. London's dailymail.com reports the virus "accidentally" escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan that tests biological weapons.

The contagion is easily spread through close contact with infected persons and through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The virus replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system, causing swelling in lung tissue and making it difficult for the patient to breathe. The cause of death is usually organ failure.

The first case in the U.S. was confirmed at a hospital in Seattle, Washington. That patient is being treated by a robot to cut down on exposure to healthcare workers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) met Wednesday night but they failed to declare a global emergency, saying there is no evidence that the virus has spread beyond China.

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Life goes on inside the Quarantined city of Wuhan, China, where the deadly Wuhan coronavirus was first reported.

The city was closed down by Chinese authorities on Wednesday to stop the spread of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus. Public transportation was shut down and people were warned not to travel to or from Wuhan.

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Still, panic has not yet set in among the populace in Wuhan or the countries surrounding China. Hundreds of travelers wore face masks at Hong Kong's Kowloon rail station.

Wuhan citizens waited patiently to buy groceries, while children wearing face masks splay on swings at a public playground in Wuhan.

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Hairdressers wore black masks as they cut the hair of their customers in Beijing, China.

The mysterious SARS-like pneumonia virus has killed 17 people and sickened over 10,000. The virus reportedly leaped from fish and animals to humans.

The contagion is easily spread through close contact with infected persons and through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The virus replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system, causing swelling in lung tissue, making it difficult for the patient to breathe. The cause of death is usually organ failure.

The World Health Organization (WHO) met last night but they failed to declare a global emergency.

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Chinese authorities have placed Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, under strict quarantine to stop the spread of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.

The Wuhan coronavirus is named after the city where the first fatal case was reported. The Wuhan virus is now categorized as an epidemic after the death toll quadrupled overnight.

The virus that causes a deadly type of pneumonia has spread around the world from ground zero in Wuhan city. The CDC confirmed America's first case of Wuhan coronavirus in Washington state.

America, Asia and Europe authorities have canceled planes and trains and screened travelers for the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering declaring an international emergency.

Chinese authorities shut down public transportation in Wuhan and urged people not to travel to or from Wuhan. The emergency measures were set to take effect at 10 a.m. local time.

Officials said quarantining the city was necessary to "effectively cut off the transmission of the virus, resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic, and ensure the safety and health of the people."

Officials used television, radio and Twitter.com to spread the word that Wuhan and its population were under quarantine. The hashtag #WuhanLockdown was the top trending topic on Twitter.

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Sales of surgical masks have skyrocketed in Asian countries.

Citizens of Wuhan took to Twitter to express concern about what would happen to them if they are under quarantine and unable to leave the city.

"Who will think of the lives of those of us who are healthy in Wuhan? We are also afraid," wrote one Twitter user.

"Even before the city was closed, we protected ourselves and hid at home. Now we are lambs who will still be slaughtered, and we can only leave our fates to the heavens."

Others wondered how sick residents would get from their homes to hospitals without public transportation.

Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s from nasal swabs of people who had the common cold.

But the new coronavirus leaped from fish and animals to humans. The virus is easily spread via air, replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system.

One critical patient was placed on a heart and lung machine to bypass their lungs until they recovered from the disease.

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The CDC is also advising women who travel to Florida to avoid getting pregnant until at least 8 weeks after visiting the Florida area.

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President Barack Obama is calling for urgent research into developing a vaccine, testing and treatment for the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

"The president emphasized the need to accelerate research efforts to make available better diagnostic tests, to develop vaccines..., and to ensure that all Americans have information about the Zika virus and steps they can take to better protect themselves from infection," the White House said in a statement.

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The Ebola vaccine was available sooner because years of research had already gone into developing an Ebola vaccine.

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None of the cases involve pregnant women. At least 2 of the cases got the infection when they traveled outside of New York.

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