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Coronavirus research already 100 times more than SARS

China and US lead pack while Japan lags behind Italy and UK

A scientist works on research into coronavirus disease antibodies for possible use in a drug at Tsinghua University's Research Center for Public Health in Beijing on March 30.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The coronavirus pandemic has produced a worldwide explosion of research that has outpaced peer reviews, suggesting a new trend in public health science that favors speed over established channels.

In four months, about 10,000 research papers were produced on the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, last year, according to global data compiled by Japan's National Institute of Science and Technology Policy. That compares with just 100 or so papers on SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, as of seven months after that outbreak began in 2002. 

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