China formed a research team of 14 experts to help prevent and monitor a recent outbreak of an infectious coronavirus, according to the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology said Friday.

As part of an emergency sci-tech project by the ministry, the team will conduct scientific and technical research on the virus’s identification, and transmission, as well as methods of diagnosis, genome evolution and the production of vaccines.

Zhong Nanshan, a pivotal figure in China’s response to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003, will lead the research team.

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