Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) with pandemic potential are a major threat to global health security and the global economy. Prevention, preparedness, and response to EIDs within hotspots for EIDs is considered a global public service. In December 2019, coronavirus disease 2019 came under the spotlight; caused by a novel single-stranded RNA coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The rapidity at which the virus spread worldwide has been remarkable and the global response to the pandemic unprecedented.
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