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The coronavirus mutates more slowly than the flu - which means a vaccine will likely be effective long-term

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Scientists around the world are racing to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus , which has infected more than 467,000 people.
All viruses, including this one, mutate over time. As they replicate, minute errors are introduced into their genetic codes.
For some viruses, like the flu, these errors collect more quickly over time and can change how the virus behaves - necessitating a new vaccine every year.
The new coronavirus, however, seems to mutate slowly, experts say. This means its vaccine would likely be effective long-term, much like a measles vaccine.
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One chart shows how quickly New York City became the epicenter of the US's coronavirus outbreak

One chart shows how quickly New York City became the epicenter of the US's coronavirus outbreak

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New York City has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the US.
The city has reported more than 17,800 coronavirus cases and nearly 200 deaths since its first case was confirmed on March 1.
The daily number of new confirmed cases in New York continues to rise, with nearly 2,500 new cases reported on Tuesday, and another 2,300 reported on Wednesday morning.
New York City's epidemic curve looks like a steep staircase - an indication its outbreak is still growing, despite a state-wide "stay-at-home" order .
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