Operation Warp Speed's Chief Science Advisor visited Emory University and urged Americans to continue enrolling in ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials. On Thursday, Nov. 12, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser for Operation Warp Speed, toured the Emory Children’s Center, where two leading COVID vaccine clinical trials are underway.

A novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was first identified in December 2019 as the cause of a respiratory illness designated coronavirus disease 2019, or Covid-19.1 Several therapeutic agents have been evaluated for the treatment of Covid-19, but none have yet been shown to be efficacious.

Population-based rates of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)–associated hospitalizations are lacking in the United States.

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